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In the strictest sense, recycling of a material would produce a fresh supply of the same material—for example, used office paper would be converted into new office paper, or used polystyrene foam into new polystyrene. However, this is often difficult or too expensive (compared with producing the same product from raw materials or other sources), so “recycling” of many products or materials involves their reuse in producing different materials (for example, paperboard) instead. Another form of recycling is the salvage of certain materials from complex products, either due to their intrinsic value (such as lead from car batteries, or gold from circuit boards), or due to their hazardous nature (e.g., removal and reuse of mercury from thermometers and thermostats).

Los Angeles County Solid Waste Management Committee/Integrated Waste Management Task Force Communication With CalRecycle Regarding Environmental Goals and Funding

Los Angeles County Solid Waste Management Committee/Integrated Waste Management Task Force Communication With CalRecycle Regarding Environmental Goals and Funding

Dear Director Smithline:
On behalf of the Los Angeles County Solid Waste Management Committee/Integrated Waste Management Task Force (Task Force), I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the opportunity to discuss, in concert with other stakeholders, CalRecycle’s projected revenue shortfall, the reasons for the shortfall, and potential solutions at

Opportunity’s Knocking…Let’s Let It In

For more than two decades, recycling has followed pretty much the same offshoring path as manufacturing, but the heyday of the practice in both cases is now behind us, and about to become questionable, especially when you consider that despite the upheaval of the past several years, the US is

2014 Landfill and Landfill Gas Symposia

When you join us in Monterey, California during the third week of March 2014 for “SWANApalooza,” you’re getting a huge deal. As an attendee of either the Landfill or Landfill Gas Symposia, you can participate in the technical sessions of both events, no matter which event you registered to attend!

Winning the Landfill Numbers Game

Like an assembly line in a factory, the inbound wastestream defines the workload, the pace—even the personality of a landfill. And as our industry works to maintain economic balance in a time of falling tonnage and revenue, the ability to manage that wastestream has never been more important.

Toward that goal,

From Curbside to Commerce: The Right Connection

During the last three decades, the solid waste industry, through regulations and customer expectations, has expanded and evolved into a seamless service, providing environmental solutions for almost every societal need. Despite these advances, residential recycling programs still lag behind, and their management resembles the past rather than focusing on the

Low-Fat Recycling

In 1994 Nabisco introduced a line of low-fat cookies called Snackwells. Even though the confectionery goodness was loaded with calories, folks mindlessly overindulged with guilt-free abandon. Is it possible that we are doing something similar with recycling? Are we soothing our environmental soul without caring about the actual results? In

An Emerging Role for Solid Waste Managers

The Obama administration’s emphasis on transforming the economy through major federal funding initiatives is designed to catalyze additional public and private investments in energy, education and public health. One of the most significant examples is the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), originally signed into law with the

Waste-to-EnergyTomorrow

It can take five to seven years to implement a new facility. Siting, permitting, and funding will continue to be issues, as they are for most solid waste facilities, but can be addressed and overcome.

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