Recycling: From Light Sockets to Rechargeable Batteries

Panasonic Case Study

Panasonic_BlueIn 1918, Mr. Konosuke Matsushita sat at his kitchen table with his new invention: a two-pronged socket with both a light bulb socket and plug. His invention would allow people to plug in two electric products at a time—an unheard of luxury at the time. His materials? Old light bulb aluminum bases recycled from a nearby junkyard.

From those ...

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Austin Resource Recovery

Austin took an important step to move toward a more sustainable future by adopting Texas’ first Zero Waste Plan. The City’s Zero Waste goal is to reduce the amount of waste its one million households send to landfill by 90 percent by the year 2040. The Plan addresses both upstream and downstream policy and program options; green business, green buildings, and jobs; and regional coordination. Austin’s Zero Waste Plan takes into consideration its current and planned public and private solid ...

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King County Solid Waste Division

In 1990, prompted by citizen demand, Washington State directed local governments to create plans to manage hazardous wastes produced by households and, in small quantities, by businesses and other organizations. In 1991, local governments and agencies established a partnership as the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County to manage these wastes regionally.

The program brings together resources from four government agencies and 37 suburban cities to help citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies reduce the threat posed by ...

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City of Spokane

The Department of Solid Waste Management started serving the City of Spokane in 1940 with curbside service. Over the years it has developed into an impressive operation involving systems such as source separation, automated collection and computerized routing. In October of 1990, the City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department, in compliance with Washington State Law and the Spokane Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, started a curbside recycling program. Solid Waste Management provides 18 gallon blue bins to each residence ...

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Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) was created by the New York State Legislature in 1990 to manage the solid waste produced in Onondaga County on a daily basis. Thirty-three of the thirty-five municipalities in the county voluntarily elected to become part of the OCRRA system, and in the last 20 years its board of citizen volunteers has devoted countless hours to the development of programs and policies for the proper management of solid waste.

The OCRRA Board is responsible ...

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