31 May '15, 4am

Waste: Zero, World: Green: by Lisa Bonanate A world with zero waste – sending nothing to landfill or... ^TF

The San Francisco program is incredibly comprehensive. Adopting the philosophy that in nature, there is no waste, the program encompasses composting, reuse, and recycling of everything from food waste to plastics, clothing and textiles, electronics, pharmaceutical prescriptions and biohazardous waste. Food and bio-degradable waste is sent to composting farms. Plastics are separated by type and grade, then melted down and cut into small pellets that can be sold to manufacturers for reuse. Electronics are either fixed, dismantled to recover base metals, or shredded to be reused as ore. One of the key take-aways is the idea of viewing waste as a resource for creating useful products, rather than simply as trash. Glass is the perfect example of the zero waste, cradle to cradle philosophy – the same wine bottle can be melted down and remade over and over again. Clothing donated...

Full article: http://greenhomenyc.org/blog/waste-zero-world-green/

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