Recycling crisis: China doesn’t want our waste. Now what?


Recycling used to be a money maker but now it’s costing us, and growing our landfills… With probes and clipboards, Chinese inspectors tour Bay Area recycling centers at least once a month, testing our trash to see if it meets their new high standards. Until recently, almost all of our vast piles of plastic and … More Recycling crisis: China doesn’t want our waste. Now what?

Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit


When you drop a bottle in a blue bin, you’re joining the unruly transglobal trash trade. If you wanted to recycle a Coke bottle, the spring of 2011 was a great time to do it. That spring, every soda bottle you dropped into the translucent blue bag in your kitchen was worth about eight times … More Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit

Families Living Inside Indonesia’s Largest Landfill


It’s one of those headlines you can’t ignore: “People Are Living Inside Landfills as the World Drowns in its Own Trash.” The Huffington Post recently published an in-depth report about Bantar Gebang, Indonesia’s largest landfill, and the villages that are crammed against its compressed trash mounds. As many as 3,000 families live within the footprint … More Families Living Inside Indonesia’s Largest Landfill

Why Some Landfills are Becoming Privatized, While Others Remain Public


Nearly half of landfills today are privately owned, with industry controlling 85 to 90 percent of permitted capacity. Increasingly, more municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are becoming privatized, now controlling the bulk of waste in the U.S. Today, about half of them are privately owned, with industry controlling 85 to 90 percent of permitted capacity, … More Why Some Landfills are Becoming Privatized, While Others Remain Public

The No. 1 Lifelong Habit Of Warren Buffett: The 5-Hour Rule


I remember the first time I heard that Warren Buffett spends 80 percent of his time reading and thinking, and has done so for his entire career. I was even more surprised by how Buffett’s long-term business partner describes his weekly schedule: You look at his schedule sometimes and there’s a haircut. Tuesday, haircut day. That’s what … More The No. 1 Lifelong Habit Of Warren Buffett: The 5-Hour Rule

Natural Gas Is Still the King of Alternative Fuels


The alternative power choice that has made the deepest inroads into trucking and will remain a key player for years to come is natural gas. Whether in its more popular compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) form, natural gas is proving to have staying power, even in the face of reasonably low and fairly steady diesel … More Natural Gas Is Still the King of Alternative Fuels

Recycling is Big Business, but is it Profitable?


The news doesn’t appear to be good for the recycling industry. The front page of the Business & Finance section of the May 14, 2018, issue of the Wall Street Journal carried the headline, “Recycling Firms Hit by Crushing Economics,” and wrote in a sub-headline, “plunging prices for scrap paper, plastics prompt cities to send some … More Recycling is Big Business, but is it Profitable?