As Composting Gains Popularity, Cities Struggle to Meet Demand Turning Americans’ Bad Food-Waste Habit Into Renewable Energy Are Recycling Bins Creating More Trash?
A metal pry bar, for instance, got stuck on one of the conveyor belts and split it length-wise, shutting the building down for two days and costing the company upwards of $50,000. “The first thing that comes off the line at the facility by hand is plastic bags, regardless of what’s in them,” says Wellenstein.
“They automatically get thrown into the trash, and we get charged [for Waste Management] to process it and take it to the incinerator.” Two Environmental Buzzwords, Same Meaning?
The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion as a method to reduce GHG emissions.
It is designed to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents.
Financial benefits take two forms: direct cost savings and no-cost expanded service.
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Launched in 2008, the Office of Sustainability is an internally funded strategy organization focused on instituting sustainability best practices into Atlanta city government and the community so that every new environmental activity, program, or policy is screened and evaluated according to its economic and social impact..
Current State As a first step in this culture shift, Atlanta was compared with other cities in best practices research for sustainability, and the research indicated that Atlanta is already implementing more than a third of what needs to be done.
In 2014, six months after the residents of Lowell, Mass., received new 96-gallon recycling carts, Gunther Wellenstein got a “nastygram.” The letter to the city’s recycling coordinator came from the recycling contractor, Waste Management.