Waste Management

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Composting Business Provides Pickup Service For Residences

Let Us Compost! is a start-up business in Athens, GA which helps homes and businesses contribute to the composting movement without having to manage the heap. LUC! provides the compost bucket or bag and for just $5.00 per week, they will drop by your home or business to pick up your compost material and divert it from the landfills. Their mission is simple: to be “the first active link in Athens between local waste, commercial composters, and the compost end-user. ” They want to help you help the planet. Kristen Baskin, the proprietor of this awesome business, provides pick up service for compost materials as well as at-home compost consultations.

October 5th

Turn Food Excess Into a For-Profit Social Enterprise Opportunity

Roughly one-third of food produced in the world is wasted. There is an obvious problem here. The problem is even more pronounced because there are millions who go to bed hungry, 1 in 6 americans. According to Canada’s Second Harvest, a surplus food redistributor, food supply is not the problem distribution is. And where there is a problem, there is a business opportunity.

September 27th

Rent Your Bridal Tiara: Collaborative Consumption for Weddings

Anyone of you that have planned or are planning a wedding realize how expensive it is, not to mention a waste of resources for one day! The wedding dress, accessories, centerpieces all costing hundreds of thousands of dollars never to be used again. Wedding costs and resources can be easily shared and offer an ideal model for reuse, yet the societal pressures and retail marketing on making it a “special” day has embedded a wasteful representation of weddings in our minds.

One business is trying to bring much needed collaborative consumption to weddings.

July 5th

The Paperless Office: Will it Ever Really Happen?

One of the biggest issues preventing the wide-spread adoption of a paperless office is old habits. People are simply accustomed to using paper for a variety of things. While new technologies are emerging daily, they take time to gain acceptance and mainstream popularity.

Original paperless office systems were technical, expensive and required extensive chances and planning within the office. Newer systems are streamlined, easy to use and simple to set up. While the paperless office might not be the main way of operating a business in the next month or year, it is closer to reality than ever before.

June 22nd

Webinar Recap: How Businesses Can Reduce Single Use Plastics

For businesses, communities, citizen groups, and the health of our ecosystems, it’s a moral imperative that we reduce our use of single use plastics. They require the extraction of fossil fuels and the processing of petroleum, transportation across thousands of miles, and then they’re in use for 1-5 minutes and last a thousand years or more. They leach chemicals that can end up in our food, and wildlife mistakes plastic bags for potential prey items like jellyfish, and end up ingesting them.

June 11th

Hawaii Becomes First State in U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags

Following the City Council’s 7-1 vote in favor, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed SB2511, a bill banning plastic bags in retail stores yesterday across Honolulu County, which comprises the island of Oahu and Hawaii’s capitol city of Honolulu. What makes the bill’s passage extra significant is that Hawaii’s other counties had previously banned plastic bags, meaning that Hawaii has just officially enacted the first full statewide ban on plastic bags in the nation.

May 16th

Books: Good for the Mind/Bad for the Environment? How Reusing Books Creates Value in Your Community

With over a million new books published in the U.S. each year1 one might think that getting your hands on a good book wouldn’t be too hard, despite the growing popularity of e-readers. But the truth, as they say, can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Organizations focused on building literacy in underserved areas, such as schools, libraries and non-profits can benefit greatly from books – even gently- used ones – but may have trouble obtaining them.

Discover Books (formerly Thrift Recycling Management), encourages people to consider repurposing their books for the benefit of others. Based in the Seattle, Washington area, we are a book collector, online reseller and a socially-minded organization dedicated to the ideal that where books are concerned, reuse is the best possible form of recycling. By reselling, recycling or charitably redistributing books, our company ensures that millions of otherwise good books are treasured, not trashed.

Can A Landfill Generate Renewable Energy in its Afterlife?

Landfills are eyesores but they present a harsh reality of our wasteful ways. Even though we all are recycling like never before, what happens to all those acres of land that are now- landfills. I came across a great video that talks about how landfill owners are now installing solar panels on the acres of barren land devoid of trees.

April 4th