GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Wed Jul 08 1998 - 08:56:00 EDT

Date: Wed, 8 Jul 98 13:56 WET DST
Subject: Re: Waste and recycling (Lee)

July 7, 1998

Dear Lee,

Urban recycling is currently most impacted by the recycling and reuse of construction and demolition debris. Pound for pound that is what makes the most urban impact. Secondly, road construction using waste materials has been extensively studied by the Transportation Departments of many US states and a few cities (especially in e.g. Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, California) and asphalts and concretes are frequently the heirs of waste ash, tires, glass, and other materials.

Urban recycling is also impacted by the availability in cities eespecially of opportunities for reuse, opportunities for procurement of recycled content products and by other aspects that require centers of trade to impact.

What will the city of the future do based on recycling that we don't do now?

Design for recyclability. Design structures and products and processes for zero waste. Create ecoindustrial parks where the wastes of one are the raw materials of another.
Or, following the paradigm of the Wall Street Journal, the city of the future will not recycle at all, but make use of the cheap and plentiful space available for sanitary landfilling.

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