• Sustainable Materials Management from a State Point of View

    February 6, 2014

    Sustainable materials management is a term used to describe a solid waste planning approach that looks beyond simply ensuring sufficient trash disposal operations, to include the management of waste as a RESOURCE. State governments are in a unique position to offer leadership to their municipalities, counties, planning districts and other units of government to develop […]

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  • Growing the Recycling Community

    February 7, 2014

    Expanding recycling costs money – something that no city or town wants to hear in this or any economy. But increased diversion drives investment, both public and private, which is a huge driver for job creation. Read on to see how to connect robust recycling to boosting local and state economies.

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  • Cool Thing by RRS: Mobile App for Set-Out Rate Study

    March 17, 2015

    Cool thing by RRS:  Mobile App for Set-Out Rate Study In-person data gathering.  This doesn’t stir up images of “cool”.  It more likely stirs up images of clipboards, pencils and transcribing data into a spreadsheet. Heading into a recent project with Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, our project team was thinking about various ways to gather […]

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  • Responses to Tierney’s Opinion

    October 14, 2015

    Letter submitted to the New York Times The backlash against John Tierney’s misunderstanding of the economics of recycling has been swift. But his business case against using waste as a resource ignores why more and more businesses – from General Motors to Dow – are focused on sending zero waste to landfills. Are these companies […]

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  • Mind the Gap

    March 13, 2017

    Mind the Gap One of the things that makes America great is the diversity across our communities.  On this topic, think about recycling for a second.  How do you recycle where you live?  Now think about your neighboring community, or a city you’ve visited on vacation.  How does recycling work there?  Chances are your programs […]

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  • Foam is Not a Four-Letter Word

    March 17, 2017

    Foam is Not a Four-Letter Word In the 1830s, German pharmacist Eduard Simon discovered polystyrene. Today, we see foam polystyrene everywhere – cups to hold hot coffee, to-go containers to take home leftovers from the restaurant, and plates for summertime picnic outings. Foam polystyrene has great insulating and cushioning properties due to the fact it […]

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