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Another waste sort in the books! A week ago it was the recycle stream. Yesterday it was the waste stream.
We processed hundreds of bags of material. It was insane when you consider that this was the material generated at one building on ONE day. Wild! About half of the material sorted by weight was food waste.
The majority of the material by volume was food service packaging: cups, plates and utensils. Items that are mostly not recyclable.
Seeing all this waste can be demoralizing, but I maintain hope knowing that there are people in the world who are trying to make a difference.
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I'd like to share with you an example of a property manager who is doing it right! After completing a waste characterization we determined that about half of the material generated by them was recyclable. Previously they did not recycle at all. After our meeting they decided to reduce their trash service and add recycling! They literally went from 75 cubic yards of trash service per week down to 45, a reduction of 40%! Since making this change, they have put recycling into high gear, and have increased the frequency of recycling service. This pile is excess material that is waiting for space in their recycle bins.
Sure, #reduce and #reuse are prioritized over #recycle , but this is literally a new recycling program where one did not previously exist!
A load of clean recycling on the tipping floor of a materials recovery faculty (MRF). Yes, there is a lot of technology used to separate materials by type, but did you realize how much human labor goes into the process? Mothers and fathers, sisters and brother, all work on the sorting line. People just like you and me. They pull bulky items, film plastic, and other materials that could jam up the system from the conveyor belts, all while avoiding all the items that are prohibited from normal disposal (like sharps, for example). This is the system we have in place. Is it fair and equitable? #zerowaste#goingzerowaste#trashisfortossers#zerowasteLA#makewastehistory#reducereuserecycle
I spend a lot of time around wholesale produce these days. I can tell you that most of it comes in waxy cardboard boxes that are shrink-wrapped in plastic. Waxy cardboard can be composted but not recycled. Based on my experience, most waxy cardboard is trashed, not composted. As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, most haulers either can't accept paper and cardboard in their organics programs, or they don't want it because it isn't the best material available for the compost process. And the shrink wrap is in theory recyclable, but most materials recovery facilities don't want it because it has no value on the secondary commodities market. The more you know... ::sigh:: #zerowaste#zerowasteLA#wholesaleproduce#makewastehistory#reducereuserecycle#happeninginDTLA#trashisfortossers#goingzerowaste