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Drawdown Ecochallenge: Industrial Recycling

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

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Recycling done correctly can solve many problems, including reducing our massive amount of waste and creating more available resources, and is rank by Project Drawdown as the 56th leading solution for slowing down climate change. At least half of all waste is either industrial or commercial, and the sources range from manufacturing to schools. There are several promising strategies that can enhance industrial recycling rates, including producer responsibility regulations, secondary recycling markets, innovative conversion technologies, and “cradle to cradle” business models that recapture “waste” as a valuable resource. Taken together, these strategies can form an integrated approach to recycling that reduces overall emissions from extracting, transporting, and processing raw materials, which are finite.

This collection features stories (see below) about three innovative solutions to the industrial recycling challenge: the discovery of an enzyme that can eat plastic; a company in Colorado (ReWall Co.) that converts beverage containers into ceiling tiles; and a tax incentive program in Norway that rewards companies that recycle more than 95% of their waste and penalizes those that don’t.

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Stories In This Collection (3)

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, on...
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Iowa company that turns recycled cartons into building materials coming to Colorado

Iowa company that turns recycled cartons into b...
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Scientists accidentally created an enzyme that eats plastic and it could be the answer to our waste crisis

Scientists accidentally created an enzyme that ...
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