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U.S. No Longer Considered the Saudi Arabia of Waste

The good news is that U.S. is no longer considered the Saudi Arabia of Waste. Despite previous predications of an increase, 2000 - 2012 saw a 22% decline in overall amount by weight of waste. The question is what accounts for this decrease and, while it is encouraging news, what exactly does this mean for solid waste management?

A Tale of Two Cities

My family and I made the trip to the Smithsonian’s FolkLlfe Festival this weekend at the National Mall in Washington, DC. A fascinating array of displays from China and Kenya offered a glimpse of life in each country, but one aspect of the festival really caught my eye. Almost every pavilion shared a permeating theme: sustainability.

2014 Annual Conference Re-Cap

The Road to Zero Waste…What Lies Ahead

Cecil County Launches Multi-Media Campaign to Increase County-wide Recycling

Residents of Cecil County, MD will see a lot more about the benefits of recycling in the coming months. Thanks to a grant from the county’s new single stream recycling vendor ReCommunity Recycling, the Cecil County Recycling & Environmental Programs (managed by the Department of Public Works Solid Waste Management Division) has launched a multi-media marketing campaign aimed at increasing the recycling rates throughout the county.

Maryland's Zero Waste Plan - Call for Comments


The Maryland Department of the Environment has drafted an ambitious policy framework to nearly eliminate the inefficient disposal of solid waste and wastewater in Maryland.