Talkin' Trash: 'False paths' to zero waste and Congressional attention spans
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"Once the water recedes, the first thing you’ll have is folks will go back home and start gutting houses — sheet rock, carpet, refrigerator, it will all go out to the curb."
— Chuck Carr Brown, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, to Bloomberg BNA about landfills filling up after Hurricane Harvey. Texas is suspending some environmental regulations to deal with the massive volumes of waste expected after the flooding that hit Houston and other areas in the state.
"We really believe there are businesses and cities that are trying to do the right thing and we want to make sure they have all the info they need to make an informed decision."
— Monica Wilson, research and policy coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). The group put out a new report, slamming refuse-derived fuel and other waste-to-energy technologies as "a false path to zero waste."
"We need to work with the Chinese government to develop a practical timeline for the proposed ban, while improving bale quality for material exported to China and other foreign markets."
— SWANA Executive Director and CEO David Biderman on China's proposed partial scrap import ban. Biderman submitted comments to the World Trade Organization, outlining the organizations concerns with the proposed ban and offering to assist the Chinese government in determining an alternative policy.
"It is really important, but I mean, the thing is ... a week ago we were talking about the KKK and Charlottesville, and what Trump had to say about that. The week before that he’s talking about ‘fire and fury’ against North Korea. We are in a crisis mode, which limits our ability to think long term and deeply about critical issues facing our world."
— Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) giving his explanation as to why Congress hasn't had much to say about China's proposed import ban. Ellison spoke to Waste Dive for September's addition of the "Talkin' Trash with Waste Dive" podcast.
"[States are] going to start regulating the waste side of cannabis. That is definitely something. There is a pretty large waste stream with marijuana cultivation."
— Owner of Triple Flare Recycling and The Broomsmen Philip Torchio, in a conversation with Waste Dive. Torchio talked to Waste Dive about his companies and his vision for the future of recycling.
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