Solid Waste

Pair of hands holding compost above pile of soil and food scraps.

EPA Awards $4 Million for Baltimore Composting Facility

The city wants to build the nation’s largest composting facility as part of its ‘zero waste’ efforts.

September 24, 2023 - Baltimore Sun

recycling

Recyclables Headed to Incinerators or Landfills

China's decision to halt imports of most recyclables from the United States has caused turmoil. With few markets for their recyclables, Philadelphia is sending half of them to a waste-to-energy incinerator in Chester not designed to burn them.

March 1, 2019 - The Guardian

New York Department of Sanitation

Waste Management Best Practices (And Their Impact on Urban Planning)

Urban planners can play a role in ensuring the best possible waste management practices are implemented whenever possible.

February 27, 2019 - Kayla Matthews

Compost Pile

Home Composting Goes to Washington

Washington, D.C. approved a set of incentives for home composting at the end of March.

May 10, 2018 - Waste Dive

Juneau Alaska Houses

Unique Garbage Challenges in Juneau

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.

December 22, 2015 - Pacific Standard

Coal Ash Finally Regulated—But Not as Hazardous Waste

Six years after one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the EPA adopted a rule to regulate a byproduct of coal power plants. The new regulation puts coal ash in the same category as household garbage, disappointing many activists.

December 28, 2014 - EPA Connect

Bloomberg Leaves de Blasio a Waste Management Morass

The NYC Sanitation Department's budget has tripled over the past 17 years, despite Mayor Bloomberg's waste management reforms. With recycling rates dismally low and a long-range management plan stalled, Bill de Blasio will have to clean up the mess.

December 19, 2013 - WNYC

How China's 'Greenwall' Threatens Your City's Recycling Efforts

The United States' municipal recycling programs rely on China's voracious appetite for plastic trash. But the country's new ban on the import of certain types of solid waste may cause your city a giant, stinky headache.

May 10, 2013 - Quartz

City Gives Incentives To Recycle

In Corpus Christi, Texas, officials have entered a public-private partnership to give people more reasons to recycle.

August 13, 2009 - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

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