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Archive for January 2015

Former Gov of Maryland Orders Mandatory Increase of Recycling, Reuse, Waste Diversion

Recently, we reported on the lack of benchmarks relating to former Gov O’Malley’s plan for the state of Maryland to reach zero waste by 2040. We also noted that instead of taking measures to increase recycling and divert waste, Baltimore city is planning on expanding the Quarantine Road Landfill. This month, O’Malley issued an executive order to increase recycling,…

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How to Move Away from Plastic Dependency

Here in the U.S. we are very dependent on plastics however, we’re currently not that efficient at recycling them. Did you know that in 2012 there were 32 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. alone? That’s 12.7% of the total municipal solid waste. Of this plastic waste, only 9% was recovered through…

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Maryland Not on Track to Meet Zero Waste Goal

In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley charged the state of Maryland to develop a greenhouse reduction plan–a plan with the goal of accomplishing a 25% statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and zero waste by 2040, which, in reality, means diverting 85% of what gets buried in landfills now. In a recent article from the Baltimore sun David Costello, the…

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Designing A More Sustainable Smartphone

In a previous blog post, “The State of E-scrap Recycling,” we talked about the fact that on average, Americans get a new cell phone every 22 months. Globally, the average smartphone user upgrades every 18 months. Of those cell phones, despite many programs and drop-off locations, many do not get recycled properly. In 2010 alone, over…

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