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Waste Management

April 23, 2019, 9am PDT
A number of U.S. cities have set ambitious zero-waste goals, but reaching targets has been challenging. Turning waste into a viable commodity is one strategy to get materials out of the waste stream.
Next City
April 4, 2019, 6am PDT
A global shift in the market has upended the recycling industry. The story of recycling's past provides direction for the future.
The Nib
March 19, 2019, 7am PDT
Trouble in the global market means trouble at home when it comes to recycling. Municipalities are having trouble paying the extra cost for recycling programs as China stops accepting U.S. waste.
The New York Times
Blog post
February 27, 2019, 2pm PST
Urban planners can play a role in ensuring the best possible waste management practices are implemented whenever possible.
Kayla Matthews
July 24, 2018, 5am PDT
With New York City on the verge of reorganizing the private sanitation industry, union organizer Allan Henry connects the dots between street safety, worker rights, and environmental impacts.
Urban Omnibus
May 16, 2018, 12pm PDT
China has stopped purchasing the recyclables that millions of Americans place curbside on recycling days, upending the industry. Recyclables are already directed toward landfills as domestic markets are sought. Berkeley, Calif. may go a novel route.
The Wall Street Journal via MSN Money
September 11, 2017, 5am PDT
The happiness and quality of life or residents is often attached to their perception of the cleanliness of their city, according to this article.
Smart Cities Dive
December 22, 2015, 9am PST
Juneau, Alaska's tiny capital city, is not accessible from elsewhere by road. Its isolation makes waste disposal problematic and expensive, spurring an aggressive recycling effort.
Pacific Standard
March 14, 2014, 10am PDT
Yes, one is with and the other without oxygen, and both divert waste from the landfill—but in terms of the end products, what is the advantage of anaerobic digestion? Simply put, does society face a shortage of compost or renewable energy?
NPR Morning Edition
September 10, 2013, 5am PDT
The candidates competing to emerge from today's mayoral primary confront a host of challenges that threaten the quality of life in the Big Apple. Five experts identify the issues they believe are key to improving the city's livability.
The New York Times
October 20, 2012, 7am PDT
Is waste disposal a local or regional issue? A new CA law written by a S.F. lawmaker nullifies a voter-approved Solano County measure that limits the amount of outside garbage their landfill can accept. It is being challenged by environmental groups.
The Wall Street Journal - San Francisco Bay Area
October 17, 2012, 6am PDT
Without the wealth for recycling, Indian cities like Bangalore rely on informal traders to collect and sell recyclable materials. Could this tech hub provide a model of trash disposal for cities in the developing and developed world alike?
The Atlantic Cities
June 15, 2012, 11am PDT
Nate Berg looks at one of the overlooked challenges emerging from the world's rapid urbanization - the rise in municipal solid waste. A new report documents the problem.
The Atlantic Cities
February 22, 2012, 8am PST
As city officials introduce plans to overhaul waste disposal in the capital of Mexico, a deeply rooted constituency fights back.
New York Times
February 13, 2012, 7am PST
Katherine Fung pens a feature in <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> on the recent wave of projects seeking to improve the way our waste management infrastructure looks and works.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 4, 2011, 8am PST
Four billion pounds of old carpet get dumped every year in the United States, and five pounds of oil goes into producing a single pound of nylon. New recycling methods could save all that oil by producing new nylon from old with little energy cost.
greentechmedia
September 18, 2009, 6am PDT
M.I.T.'s Senseable City Laboratory launched a project to track the journey of garbage and recyclables, using small electronic sensors, in Seattle and New York City, in part to highlight the high cost of waste to the environment and cities.
The New York Times
August 13, 2009, 10am PDT
In Corpus Christi, Texas, officials have entered a public-private partnership to give people more reasons to recycle.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
June 5, 2009, 1pm PDT
Planetizen's Nate Berg reports on the latest trend in waste management: 'living machines' that treat human sewage in-house using plants.
Wired
May 11, 2009, 2pm PDT
Using waste to create alternative energy is a strategy the Obama administration is neglecting, says North America’s largest garbage hauler Waste Management Inc.
Bloomberg.com