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Articles mapping out the future of waste. Blogs at www.garbologie.com
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New US-based institute invests 70 million to optimise recycling

New US-based institute invests 70 million to optimise recycling | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
The US government is looking to invest up to US$ 70 million (Euro 62 million) in a new research institute focused on boosting recycled content in manufacturing and on reducing recycling costs. The Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute will be headquartered in Rochester, New York, and will develop technologies to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing by focusing on recycling.

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A (possible) new research institute focused on boosting recycled content in manufacturing. But dependent on POTUS approval, so probably not...
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Matthew Franklin's curator insight, January 16, 8:05 AM

An interesting new project, which could make up part of the path to zero waste

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Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built...

Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built... | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

The cities of the future will have waste-to-energy plants, not shopping malls or churches, at their center, according to urban designer Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE.

At DLD Cities in London, he said "cities have centers that celebrate previous centuries -- in Europe, the cities celebrated spirituality, with cathedrals. After some time, the cathedrals became downtown cores- and celebrations of capitalism and commercialism".

The cities of the future will celebrate "the belief of what keeps us alive" - or elements of the city that make our lives better.

 

Terreform ONE, a green design company in Brooklyn, explores biohacks for the ecological issues facing modern cities. For instance, the waste New York City produces every hour weighs as much as the Statue of Liberty - in the future that waste could be recompacted into building blocks, or recycled "bales". Looking beyond recycling, though, it would be even better to create a city which didn't produce waste in the first place...

That means growing thousands of homes -- building a new suburb could involve twisting, pruning and manipulating large trees into the frames of buildings. "There would be no difference between the home and nature -- it would be something that would be a positive addition to the ecology," explained Joachim.

 

For more information on these innovative concepts, including biomimicry and new green technology proposals for future cities, stop by to read the complete article and visit referenced links on urban sustainability...


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A Public Place Recycling Program That Relies on People Power

A Public Place Recycling Program That Relies on People Power | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

This is an entrepreneurial way of dealing with public place recycling.

 

Rather than simply slapping a recycling bin or two in public places and hoping for the best, Greener Corners puts in a large bin that is funded through local business advertising on its sides.

 

Taking it a step further, Greener Corners also engages with the community to educate people about recycling. "Green Teams" are assembled from local volunteers, and they get out and educate people in schools, civic centres and the like.

 

Greener Corners has also involved smartphones, including QR codes that, when scanned, show what materials can be recycled in that municipality. 

 

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Greener corners: http://www.greenercorners.com/

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