09 May '17, 10am

Mutually Secured Destruction and the Circular Economy

Mutually Secured Destruction and the Circular Economy

Waste is a human novelty. Circularity is inherent in the natural world; nothing is left discarded, unused or wasted. Americans generated 254 million tons of trash in 2014, according to EPA estimates. At least 136 million tons of that went into one of the more than 2,000 landfills across the country. The first modern landfill didn’t open until 1937, an extraordinary expansion of waste management in only 80 years. America has become a “land of landfills,” as 3p correspondent Nithin Coca wrote on TriplePundit last year. According to those same EPA estimates, I will generate nearly 4.5 pounds of trash by the end of the day, as will every other “average” American. But what about the average American business? Here it gets even more complicated. Redefine waste In the rush forward into new technologies and industrial processes, the variety of materials entering the economy is now...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/special/waste-management-cova...

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