Salvaging neighborhood wood

There is a better alternative for wood waste. The better alternative is not disposing or recycling wood waste, but re-using wood waste. I have reconstructed shelves, tables, and trash bins from modest amounts of scrap lumber. Unfortunately, as the waste infrastructure currently operates, disposal wins most of the time. The reason disposal wins most of …

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Contamination of MIlwaukee Recyclables

Working in Milwaukee communities like Bay View, Whitefish Bay, and the Third Ward, there has been an ongoing and increased participation in local sustainability efforts, particularly recycling and re-use. Unfortunately the gains made through recycling efforts may not add up to the gains reported by interested parties. The collection and reporting of recycled waste volume …

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MIlwaukee Coffee Cup Recycling

Milwaukee Starbuck’s cafes may be providing in store recycling for consumers by 2015. Starbuck’s is collaborating with waste collectors, recyclers and paper manufacturers to work out complex infrastructural and design details. Georgia Pacific, a Wisconsin based paper manufacturer has been an important partner for Starbucks. Not only has Georgia Pacific been participating in various pilot …

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Vanster Curbside Waste Recovery

The Milwaukee market for turning dumpster waste into cash has become increasingly more competitive. High commodity prices along with changes in city solid waste policy has gotten the attention of many white collar workers seeking a paycheck. Many are now turning to scrapping recyclable metals, cans, or cardboard just to survive. A former laid-off accountant …

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