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Solid Waste

March 1, 2019, 12pm PST
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.
The Guardian
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
May 10, 2018, 8am PDT
Washington, D.C. approved a set of incentives for home composting at the end of March.
Waste 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
December 28, 2014, 11am PST
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.
EPA Connect
December 19, 2013, 12pm PST
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.
WNYC
May 10, 2013, 9am PDT
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.
Quartz
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