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Baltimore E-Recycling Program Wins Grant

$38,000 from MDE will help cover cost of free citizen service

July 22, 2014 (BALTIMORE, MD) — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) won a $38,000 grant for its successful, free electronics recycling program, said Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E.

The grant is from the Maryland Department of the Environment, and was awarded following a competitive grant application process. It costs the DPW more than $200,000 each year to have electronics hauled to appropriate recycling centers.

Can We Put a Positive Spin on the Three Rs?

In The Happy Planet Index, Tedster Nic Marks suggests that, rather than GDP, we should focus on national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth) as a core measure of success. He also espouses a more positive, aspirational approach to the ecological “Armageddon” predicted by many in the environmental movement. I think his message has direct implications for how we in the recycling community communicate the importance of the three Rs to our constituents.

U.S. No Longer Considered the Saudi Arabia of Waste

The good news is that U.S. is no longer considered the Saudi Arabia of Waste. Despite previous predications of an increase, 2000 - 2012 saw a 22% decline in overall amount by weight of waste. The question is what accounts for this decrease and, while it is encouraging news, what exactly does this mean for solid waste management?

A Tale of Two Cities

My family and I made the trip to the Smithsonian’s FolkLlfe Festival this weekend at the National Mall in Washington, DC. A fascinating array of displays from China and Kenya offered a glimpse of life in each country, but one aspect of the festival really caught my eye. Almost every pavilion shared a permeating theme: sustainability.

2014 Annual Conference Re-Cap

The Road to Zero Waste…What Lies Ahead