Covanta Survey: “Americans Don’t Know How to Recycle”


A survey commissioned by Covanta found 62 percent of respondents worry that a lack of knowledge causes them to recycle incorrectly. Americans don’t know how to recycle—and that lack of knowledge is the biggest barrier to being green, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans revealed that 62 percent of respondents worry that … More Covanta Survey: “Americans Don’t Know How to Recycle”

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

Under China’s New Rules, U.S. Recycling Suffers


Some cities are closing recycling plants. Others are ending curbside pickup. For recycling to be sustainable, consumers must learn to sort their trash better. Ever since cities began offering curbside recycling programs, skeptics have joked about how it all ends up going to the same place as the garbage. In Franklin, N.H., that’s actually true. … More Under China’s New Rules, U.S. Recycling Suffers