California rolls out region’s first electric refuse truck


Carson, California eventually intends to convert its entire waste and recycling collection fleet to electric vehicles in the future. Carson, California will be rolling out its first fully electric waste truck next week, which the city says is the first of its kind in Southern California. Officials from the city of Carson and Waste Resource … More California rolls out region’s first electric refuse truck

In San Francisco, Making a Living From Your Billionaire Neighbor’s Trash


Trash pickers in San Francisco make a living by going through billionaires’ garbage and selling the designer jeans, vacuum cleaners, and iPads they discover Three blocks from Mark Zuckerberg’s $10 million Tudor home in San Francisco, Jake Orta lives in a small, single-window studio apartment filled with trash. There’s a child’s pink bicycle helmet that … More In San Francisco, Making a Living From Your Billionaire Neighbor’s Trash

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

Running effective organics collection programs


As the zero-waste movement gains momentum, so does the public’s desire to responsibly dispose of what consumes nearly one-third of municipal waste—food scraps. The uptick in demand has resulted in a boom of municipal organics curbside collection programs in recent years, often driven by local governments or community groups. But for some who have studied … More Running effective organics collection programs