Talkin' Trash: Quotes on rat crackdowns and the economics of waste reduction
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"We thrive in a world of $100 a barrel fuel. At $50 a barrel, it's more difficult to compete and we've seen a 'flattening out' of new projects coming online."
"Ethical concerns don’t sway businesses, so there is also the financial argument that if you're throwing out food you’re wasting money. It has to make economic sense to not waste food."
— Miriam Garron, sous chef for the Food Network and a member of the event's host committee, on an upcoming food waste fair in New York City and possible solutions to food waste.
"We had high contamination rates and in some parts of the city low participation rates. So we wanted to do a targeted focus on driving down contamination and increasing participation."
— Kanika Greenlee, environmental programs director for Atlanta's Department of Public Works, on a new partnership the city is undergoing with Rubicon to improve recycling rates in the city.
“The concept is not a bad concept, but the rats will change their work rules to accommodate. We’re not trashing it. But we’re raising concerns."
"In the end, the fundamental problem with the court’s conclusion—that the Administrator needs more proof that offsite recycling is unsafe before requiring a variance—is that the court decides for itself a policy question Congress left to the Administrator. RCRA envisions a careful balance of authority between EPA and this court. Today the court upsets that balance."
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