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 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