Trash and Treasure

“One person’s trash can be another’s treasure.” This has never been more true than today. We live in a world that is overflowing with trash, yet we also face resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and decision-paralysis regarding how to address the trash that we are so quickly generating. Fortunately, technologies, communication, and collaboration are rapidly expanding the capacity for creating solutions.

The trash that is piling up around the world is affecting everything from biodiversity to economic efficiency to once beautiful land and seascapes. What if we took a market-based approach to addressing trash, using it as a resource base? There is a great deal of effort being expended to develop methods for turning trash into treasure, but there is still a great deal of work to be done. Here are some links, please add to the conversation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/13/science/earth/13trash.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10140500-54.html
http://www.ctv.ca/generic/generated/static/business/article2062217.html
http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county/ci_18313474?nclick_check=1
http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/rmd/index.htm
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/from-72-recycled-beer-cans-comes-a-sweet-surfboard.php
http://www.fastcompany.com/1755522/why-dow-is-burning-plastic-for-energy
http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/06/13/1818259/Studying-the-Impact-of-Lost-Shipping-Containers
http://www.smdp.com/Articles-c-2011-05-31-71917.113116-Smart-beach-trash-cans-debut.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/the-worlds-rubbish-dump-a-tip-that-stretches-from-hawaii-to-japan-778016.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling

 

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