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Report on the Proposed Baltimore Clean Air Act

Date: 6 Feb 2019 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On January 30th, the Land Use & Transportation Committee of the Baltimore City Council voted 7-0 on the Clean Air Act Bill that would close the Wheelerbrator garbage incinerator in downtown Baltimore, and have wide implications for solid waste management policies and programs in the city.… Read More

Webinar: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy

In a recent webinar, ILSR research associate Marie Donahue shared findings from our report, Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy, highlighting why classifying incineration as a “renewable” form of energy is problematic. Allies from GAIA, a global anti-incineration network, and the national Energy Justice Network also presented.… Read More

Report: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy

Date: 12 Dec 2018 | posted in: Energy, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Almost half of U.S. states allow energy produced by burning garbage to count toward their renewable energy requirements. In a new report, we unpack why incineration is so problematic and how communities can embrace cleaner alternatives. … Read More

Recycling Is the Enemy of Wasting

Date: 7 Dec 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Recycling has long been known to be the enemy to waste management companies as it diverts materials that could be going to landfills, threatening profits and political influence. It makes sense. Landfilling waste is highly profitable, while recycling materials is marginally profitable and can also lose money. Flat recycling rates allow for companies to require more for processing recyclables while more waste flows to landfills. Profits from hauling and landfill operations supports high stock prices for consolidated national monopolies, which in turn allow them to use stocks to further consolidate hauling, landfilling, and most recently recycling processing capacity at centralized plants, or Materials Processing Facilities (MRFs).… Read More

Monopoly and the U.S. Waste Knot

Date: 4 Dec 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Big Waste dominates every aspect of solid waste and recycling practice and policy. The top four consolidated companies earn $30 billion of the $70 billion economic sector. Big Waste companies own or control 75% of the permitted landfill capacity in major metropolitan areas, and control an estimated 50% of the national hauling market, with increased levels of domination in regional markets.… Read More

2018 World Soil Day: Compost Adds Organic Matter for Healthy Soil

Date: 4 Dec 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

December 5th is World Soil Day, a good day to celebrate the power of COMPOST to enhance soil fertility, structure, water-holding capacity, and carbon sequestration. Healthy soils contain 5% organic matter and compost is the best way to add organic matter to depleted soils.… Read More

Biggest Challenge to U.S. Recycling Isn’t China

Date: 24 Sep 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Proponents of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Paper, Products, and Packaging (PPP) are jumping on the “China Crisis” bandwagon by attempting to revive efforts to shift control over recycling from local government and existing recycling companies to statewide non-profit agencies under the control of Big Soda companies and their allies.… Read More

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