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Material Management, what can we do?

  • 1.  Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 03-03-2020 11:05
    Hi everyone!

    What can we, the material management industry (STAR, TCEQ, material handlers, municipalities, etc.), do to help you reduce, reuse, and recycle the materials you generate on a daily basis?

    I'm excited to hear your thoughts.

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    Jordan Fengel
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  • 2.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 03-10-2020 18:05
    Thanks for the question Jordan! For starters, I think we need to strive toward a national standard for recycling due to the lack of policy/facilities in some parts of the country. Do you think a national recycling standard will ever materialize? (no pun intended)  What barriers stand in the way? Do you think this would be a viable approach to increasing the rate of recycled materials for municipal solid waste?

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    Connor Follis
    Dallas TX
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  • 3.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 03-16-2020 08:39
    We need a textile recycling mandate for multi Family homes.. Just a thought!

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    Keith Kahn
    Dallas TX
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  • 4.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-14-2020 18:00
    Interesting thought Keith - can you elaborate on the idea?

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    be well,
    Lindsay Boykin
    Plano, Texas
    lindsayboykin@live.com
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  • 5.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-01-2020 06:43
    I like your thinking in asking - let me ask what are you currently doing to support, raise awareness to reduce, reuse, and recycle the materials we generate on a daily basis? I'm sure there are programs and resources that I'm not aware of.
    I have been an avid recycler for many years now - I have a box in my office for my materials - that I take home every 2 weeks to include with my home recycling. I do that because I am not fully aware of the recycling at my office building - so here's a starter; how we can get a better understanding of what our office buildings are doing, how can we increase building participation, raise awareness? I'd love some ideas!
    thanks in advance!

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    be well,
    Lindsay Boykin
    Plano, Texas
    lindsayboykin@live.com
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  • 6.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-02-2020 14:14
    Edited by Jakub Korczynski 04-02-2020 14:15
    Hi!

    we are helping build awareness about recycling by using gaming and new media like Virtual and Augmented Reality:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUV9SydDvYo
    https://vrscout.com/news/trash-rage-environmental-education/
    Grown ups like the game too!

    We were supposed to visit EarthX this year to show how our idea works in practice, but because of COVID-19, we had to cancel.

    Is that the type of awareness building you had in mind?

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    Jakub Korczynski
    TRASH RAGE
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  • 7.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-09-2020 16:29
    Hello Lindsay,

    I hope we all get back to our office buildings real soon. We work very hard at the EarthX offices to recycle everything we can. We have several different Recycling Streams and it can be hard at times even for the EarthX folks to know which bin to place an item in. As for the Recycling in our Building we have worked with the Building Manager who coordinates with the Recycling Company ours is (Community Waste Disposal) . We also work with our Building Engineer who manages the cleaning crews and makes sure they know which Recycling Receptacle for the Office Recyclables. We Recycle hard to recycle items with "TerraCycle" and we do our composting with "Turn Compost". Workplace Recycling takes effort on everyones part but can be done. Thank you for the question and my suggestion is start with your Building folks and the education for the employees, it has seem to work for the EarthX offices.


    Happy Recycling
    Lanny Shivers
    EarthX

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    Lanny Shivers
    Business Development Manager
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  • 8.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-14-2020 06:56
    Hi all, 

    I love this discussion! At our Galveston Bay Foundation office, there are 3 of us that manage the recycling. I created and labeled a trash can specifically for plastic bags and Amazon shipping bags and am responsible for bringing that to our local HEB for recycling every time it's full. Another staff member takes all other common recycling once a week to a local recycling center. And another person brings batteries and electronics to Batteries Plus to recycle. 

    I also manage our litter/trash/water pollution reporting app, Galveston Bay Action Network, which allows anyone to report pollution anywhere in the Houston/Galveston area and it sends the report to the responsible authority. 

    When it comes to how municipalities and the material management industry can help, I would love to see more advertising and awareness campaigns that make it clearer what can be recycled where and address common misconceptions about recycling (like that plastic bags can just be put in with everything else. What about straws? Yay, nay? Chip bags, etc.) The biggest feedback I get from the community is that they are often unsure of how to do right! I will be hosting a Facebook Live from our organization's page to go over some of these questions and also offer reusable options for lots of single-use items found at home and in the office.

    If there is a common location beside Earth 911 for identifying Texas recycling locations and what they accept, please send it our way. It would be a great resource!



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    Sasha Francis
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  • 9.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-14-2020 16:37
    One site we looked to is TerraCycle - we discovered that many Subaru locations accept recycling drop-offs for some harder items. A perfect example is coffee k-cups. Many offices in our building use Keurig machines, but don't want to pay for the TerraCycle shipping boxes (also don't want to hand-separate). Having the drop-off option is a step in the right direction.

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    James Creedon
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  • 10.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-16-2020 14:58
    Sasha, first of all I love this question. Not that I will be much help in terms of answering, but I did want to give my feedback about recycling in any city. I have always questioned the best way to dispose of waste, recyclable materials, etc. and am very interested to know the answer to this so it can be recommended within other cities as well. Without the correct information, citizens cannot act accordingly. I am so hopeful for the future of recycling and waste management! Thanks for being involved in EarthxLeague.

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    Kathryn Bauswell
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  • 11.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 04-29-2020 15:20
    One thing that occurs to me is encouraging that type of business (recycling, repurposing, composting) in your city. There are a lot of programs to help IT related companies get started, but little for this type of business.

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    Candace Chandra
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  • 12.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 05-14-2020 10:31
    Thank you for the discussion! 

    It is my understanding that recycling has been unsuccessful. Our un-natural trash doesn't go into a black box labeled "recycling" and come out useful or clean on the other end. It gets sent to Asia where it ends up as toxic smoke in the air or ends up in the rivers and oceans. This is the reason we all have a credit card amount of plastic in our bodies now not to mention all the life that it passes through along the way.

    We are simply creating an environmental catastrophe one k-cup at a time. We need to stop producing plastic. That, to me, is the real solution. 

    One thought:: Why can't plastic be de-constructed back into its original ingredients? I'm not a chemist but breaking it back down into reasonable elements seems like the only thing we could possibly do if we insist on continuing to create the stuff. There will be many problems with this as well with all the different types of plastic, films overlaying (like on cheeto bags), etc... So, i'm back to thinking that the best solution is simply quit making it. Its ridiculous that its production continues and does so only because the oil companies get huge subsidies keeping the price artificially low.

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    Cynthia Norman
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  • 13.  RE: Material Management, what can we do?

    Posted 05-14-2020 11:27
    Hi Cynthia:

    Thanks so much for your insight. We just had a program on Tuesday which addressed some of the points you have raised... it is a presentation by Dean Rose, CEO of QSI, Inc. 

    Dean explains and demonstrates the break-through pollution elimination technology they have developed to address specifically what you have mentioned. 

    You can review the replay here: https://earthx.org/earthxreplay/#leadership 

    (we did have a few technical difficulties at the beginning, but be patient or skip ahead and I think you will be impressed!)

    Thanks again so much for your post!

    Ross

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    Ross Mason
    Account Manager
    Dallas TX
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