Lifecycle analysis can help us create more sustainable waste management policies that are more cost-effective and beneficial to the environment.
Cities across the United States continue to take a quantity-over-quality approach to waste management that often leads to inefficient, expensive and confusing outcomes. It's time to rethink recycling strategies.
While recycling remains a great way to reducing upstream impacts of mining virgin materials to make products, the current "recycling religion’s" emphasis on setting weight-based goals fail to address many varying environmental benefits of disparate materials. Meanwhile, technologies are changing faster than our dated recycling systems can adapt to.