Photo by Dylan de Jonge on Unsplash What you start with is what you get. In part one of this …
Several states have been targeting food waste for several years with rules that get more restrictive each year and impact smaller and smaller generators. If you are reading this, it may be that these rules have finally reached your business or institution. In California, the threshold is now down to folks who generate two cubic yards of waste (which includes the total of trash, recycling or composting that you generate).
Although avoided disposal fees are an important financial justification on a microeconomic level for many collection programs, avoided landfill disposal fees have nothing to do with how recycling or composting works on a macroeconomic level.
In part one of this post, I talked about the difference between treatment and recovery. Treatments are processes applied to a material or combination of materials. Recovery is the type, quality and quantity of commodities that are recovered from applying that process. That is an important distinction, especially when you hear about various treatments for managing organics.
Recycling used to be simple. It was a transaction between someone who had a waste and someone who wanted that waste to manufacture a new product. Maybe there was a collector in between, but it was generally a pretty simple transaction.
Recycling is a manufacturing process. The recyclable materials we collect are commodities and like any commodities there are ebbs and flows in supply and demand.
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