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Sarah Laskow writes an important article on recycling and producer responsibility, a subject dear to TreeHugger's heart.
Recycling makes you feel good about buying disposable packaging and sorting it into neat little piles so that you can then pay your city or town to take away and ship across the country so somebody can melt it and downcycle it into a bench if you are lucky. But only a little more than a quarter of that waste makes it that far, because the economics aren't there and many towns find it cheaper to just dump it in a hole in the ground.
Now Sarah Laskow picks up the banner with her post at Next City, asking Who Will Pay America’s $1.5 Billion Recycling Bill? with the subhead that we have been asking for years, Why Are Cities Picking Up the Tab on Corporate America’s Waste?
Laskow notes that disposable packaging makes up a big chunk of municipal solid waste. Fifty years ago this barely existed; people paid a deposit on bottles and took them back, where they were refilled. People ate in restaurants, not cars, and used china plates that were washed and reused. However manufacturers managed to convince us all that it is our responsibility to pick this stuff up and pay for its disposal or recycling. There is talk of change:
Industry clearly isn't interested in EPR and doesn't want to talk about it but it is really the only way to do it. We all drink BPA laden canned beer now because the big brewers wanted to centralize production and they couldn't do that shipping heavy empty glass bottles around the country. The whole system of distribution works now on it all being one way, with the consumer responsible for the garbage. Laskow quotes Samantha McBride on how they changed the language and the thinking:
In the ’80s, some container and paper companies began supporting curbside recycling “to keep the costs of negative externalities squarely on the public.” Industry representatives were often quite explicit about this position. In a 1993 article about recycling, for instance, a representative of the American Plastics Council told the New York Times, “If I buy a product, I’m the polluter … I should be responsible for the disposal of the package.”
Le projet Darwin à Bordeaux entend proposer sa vision de la ville intelligente : une ville autosuffisante, qui fait de la récup et de la bidouille un art de vivre... Par Francis Pisani, chroniqueur indépendant.
"But perhaps most effective is the nation’s policy on household waste. In addition to depositing their own bags, Taiwanese residents must also be mindful of how much trash they are accumulating. Landfill-bound garbage can only be collected in government-issued blue bags, which are sold behind the counter at convenience stores. While the cost is not prohibitive—the price increases with size, with a pack of the five largest bags costing $10—it’s certainly enough to moderate what people throw out. (Forging garbage bags can incur a much heftier fine, and sometimes a prison sentence.) The approach has been so effective that Taiwan is in the process of closing some of its 24 trash incinerators because they simply don’t need them anymore."
Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.”
“Every young person will continue to need basic knowledge, of course,” he said. “But they will need skills and motivation even more. Of these three education goals, motivation is the most critical. Young people who are intrinsically motivated — curious, persistent, and willing to take risks — will learn new knowledge and skills continuously. They will be able to find new opportunities or create their own — a disposition that will be increasingly important as many traditional careers disappear.”
Au moment où la diversité et la mixité sont perçues comme un outil essentiel de performance de l’entreprise, il est paradoxal de constater que les femmes n’y occupent toujours pas la place qui devrait être la leur et que les inégalités persistent.
Davantage de femmes dans la vie active doperaient la croissance selon certains experts, permettant une progression de 9,4 % du PIB français dans les vingt ans qui viennent.
Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.
Matt Malone doesn’t mind being called a professional dumpster diver. He tells me this a little after 2 am on the morning of July 7 as we cruise the trash receptacles behind the stores of a shopping center just off the Capital of Texas Highway in Austin. Given the image that conjures, though, it’s worth pointing out that Malone has a pretty good day job, earning a six-figure salary as a security specialist for Slait Consulting. He is also founder of Assero Security, a startup that he says has recently been offered seed money by not one but two separate investors. Nevertheless, the 37-year-old Malone does spend a good many of his off-hours digging through the trash. And the fact is, he earns a sizable amount of money from this activity—more per hour than he makes at his Slait job.
New profession that should go viral to help reduce waste
Recyclo'Bat se place à l'avant-garde du réemploi des matériaux récupérés sur les chantiers. De Cugnaux (31), Edouard Baudouin et David Muse veulent projeter sur le sol français le modèle du Rebuilding Center de Portland. Le projet Recyclo'Bat s'inscrit dans le paysage anarchique des déchets du bâtiment. Dans leur magasin de 130 mètres carrés à Cugnaux (31) Edouard Baudouin et David Muse gèrent, reconditionnent et vendent des déchets collectés sur des chantiers. Depuis 2012, ils font du réemploi. Autrement (...)
Un centre de déconstruction et de réémploi des matériaux de BTP: enfin en France.
Shabnam is a bit like an environmental Macgyver, with great perception of situations and her mind jumps directly to work on developing solutions. This applies to her work as well as her own life... "My company is Recompose. What I do: consult on sustainable trends and solutions, facilitate sustainable solutions design, use collective intelligence methods to foster collaboration within, or among, teams and organizations' www.recompose.it
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