We read a good deal about zero waste initiatives. Two different articles show how confusing this can be. Some generators divert as much waste as possible to resource recovery plants, thus avoiding landfills. Others are moving to technologies that recover more materials through more aggressive source separation and recycling; then using anerobic digesters to make gas for fuel.
Some combination of the methods makes sense. There are simply some materials that cannot be source separated easily. However, it does make sense to capture all that we can for recovery, recycling and energy generation before relying on the arcane technology of the landfill.
When reading the two articles, note the difference in those companies that are changing the nature of the materials that they use…Ah, thinking about what will leave before you use it…Now there’s a solution.
Read the full articles:
- N.Y.’s Zero Waste Challenge Helped Divert More Than 36,000 Tons of Waste from Landfill
- The Difference Between “Zero Waste to Landfill” and “Zero Waste”