Domestic-use in-vessel composters – really cool

I stumbled upon domestic-use in-vessel composters (on a lead from @harvestpower, of course). I had heard of in-vessel composting, but never realized that at least two companies created machines that you plug in, feed with your organic waste (with addition of saw dust), and out comes compost. As far as I can tell, the process […]

Presentation: Product Stewardship – Lynne Pledger

In one panel, I got upset that all recycling talk was about the consumer and the waste management companies. I asked what about producer responsibility. To my surprise, I found out that there is very little Extended Producer Responsibility in the US. Having lived in Europe and worked at Nokia, I thought it was normal […]

Presentation: What’s In Your Trash – Michael Alexander

Great presentation on what it would take to get to zero waste. Michael was a great presenter as well. What’s really cool is that the US is hovering around 25% (35% for MA) waste diversion. And it wouldn’t take much to get to 50%. Indeed, this presentation shows examples of towns that have gone beyond […]

Presentation: A Closer Look at Our Garbage – Alan Kirschner

Great study commissioned by the state of MA to find out what was ending up at some of the state's big recycling centers. Already the raw data are starting discussions into new policies and behavioral modification. For example, carpets and clothing showed up in significant enough amount to get the state to consider how to […]