Garbage to Gold: The Next Wave of Recycling

There’s a trend going on,  as landfill and transport prices go up, and places to dump garbage become scarce and further afield, a new view of recycling has emerged. Paper, plastic and cans are one thing — but suddenly yard waste, food, compostable matter, used frying oil, and in some places even urine and feces (both animal and human) are becoming valuable commodities in new cycles of usage. This trend is environmentally sound and also financially necessary for the long haul.

Recycled materials provide a societal benefit by lessening the need for landfills and garbage dumps, lowering current and future public costs for these landfills. Properly priced goods and impacts would offset current cost of recycling.


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