20 Sep '12, 12pm

The eBay of waste: Rubicon helps corporations cut costs, trash: With its virtual marketplace for waste and recyc...

The eBay of waste: Rubicon helps corporations cut costs, trash: With its virtual marketplace for waste and recyc...

It stinks, it contaminates and pollutes and it’s increasingly expensive to get rid of. Garbage stands as a glaring, fetid symbol of unsustainability in our modern supply chain. Repurposing end-of-life materials is simultaneously the most important and most overlooked aspect of sustainability in manufacturing, according to Daniel Guide, a professor of supply chain management at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. Important because of the environmental and financial benefits of converting would-be landfill fodder to manufacturing materials; overlooked because reducing materials at the front end of the supply chain is simpler, many materials obtained from recycling don’t work for high-end application and some consumers find products made of recycled materials less appealing. But some nationwide chains, including 7-11, Papa John's Pizza and Wegman's grocery stores, have fo...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/09/20/rubicon-cuts-corp...

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