Waste Management's Green Waste Recycling Program
Waste Management may be one of the most recognized names in… well… waste management. Now, the company that has made curbside pickup of trash and recyclables easy for customers for years is adding a new service to its portfolio. Waste Management is launching its Green Waste Recycling pilot program in Nevada to collect organic yard waste like leaves, pine needles, branches, and garden waste.
The company’s new Green Waste Recycling program is being piloted in Incline Village and Crystal Bay Nevada. The program began July 11 in cooperation with IVGID Waste Not—Incline Village’s public works program “to empower sustainable living by providing conservation programs for recycling, household hazardous waste, water conservation, watershed management, and education.”
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"Waste Management is committed to providing environmental solutions that reduce our impact on the environment, and reduce the amount of material being sent to local landfills by extracting value from those materials," says Justin Caporusso, Waste Management spokesperson. "Providing a solution for green waste allows our customers to participate in our sustainability efforts."
The way the program works is simple. Residents purchase approved recyclable green bags from various suppliers throughout their community. The green bags are filled with vegetative yard waste, such as pine needles, leaves, lawn clippings, etcetera. The bags are placed curbside for pickup on the same day as their biweekly blue bag recycling pickup. Residents are limited to 12 green bags per week. There is no additional fee for the green bag pickup.
Waste Management will transport the green recycling bags to a regional biomass energy production plant, or chip the plant matter for local erosion control projects. Should the program prove successful, Waste Management’s Green Waste Recycling program could make its way to your neighborhood!
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.