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Thoughts on Waste Reduction, Zero Waste, Sustanability and Such

In our trash talking blog, we write about trends, tips, and issues in the waste and environmental sustainability world. We hope you'll find something useful to help your company be more sustainable. If you want us to explore something or ask a question, contact us!

Designing a Food Waste Collection Program

By The Team | September 3, 2014
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The USDA estimates that one-third of all available food supply is wasted, which accounts for 21% of all the waste in the US sent to landfills or energy-recovery incinerators according to the EPA. Unlike the Mobro incident in 1987 that kick-started recycling in the US, the coming food waste revolution looks to be driven by…

Pitching The Business Case for Sustainability

By The Team | August 27, 2014
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“How much is all this sustainability stuff going to cost?” In a World of growing resource and environmental crises, cost may be the least of a corporation’s concerns when required to adopt sustainability principles to ensure long-term viability. Water scarcity is probably the most publicized concern that has many industries scrambling to innovate. In many…

TV has Gotten Trashy!

By The Team | August 22, 2014
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Has everyone been watching Human Resources on Pivot TV? We have, and so far we’re loving it! The show is based on the inner workings of the innovative recycling company TerraCycle. Located in Trenton, New Jersey, TerraCycle’s lineup of spunky employees are led by their CEO Tom Szaky, who founded the company at 20 years…

Feeling the Pressure to ‘Go Green’?

By The Team | August 18, 2014
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The pressure on businesses to go green is red hot. Employees and community members are increasingly expecting companies to function as community stewards; while at the same time, executives and business leaders are looking to capitalize on sustainability’s public relations and cost-saving opportunities. Regardless of what has been accomplished, the pressure doesn’t let up. Companies…

DC Looks to Improve their 16% Recycling Rate

By The Team | August 11, 2014
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On July 14th of 2014, DC passed two pieces of legislation, setting the stage for progression towards a more sustainable waste management system. The District currently only recycles 16%… that’s barely a third of MD’s recycling rate. Here are a few key accomplishments of the two Acts. Solid Waste Hierarchy Establishing a hierarchy will now…

The Pursuit of Zero Waste in Maryland

By The Team | August 5, 2014
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Zero waste is becoming a common point of discussion in areas with progressive solid waste management programs who are planning for the future. Zero Waste means “designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury…

Business Recycling is the Law in Montgomery County, MD

By The Team | July 30, 2014
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The Maryland Recycling Act of 1988 (MRA) requires all counties and Baltimore City to recycle 15% of their generated waste (20% for populations over 150,000). In less than 18-months, by December 31, 2015, those rates will increase to 20% and 35% respectively. The MRA led to the adoption of municipal recycling programs across the State,…

Q&A with our President Bill Griffith Part II

By The Team | July 25, 2014
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Is Reduction In Motion’s scope of work the same for every client? Not at all. Our clients’ goals and needs dictate our scopes of work. Our full-service program puts our facilitators on-site to implement a comprehensive waste segregation and sustainability program. However, we are willing to create a custom scope of work around any of…

Q&A with our President Bill Griffith

By The Team | July 23, 2014
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Who is Reduction In Motion? We are sustainability consultants with expertise in waste minimization and waste flow strategies for large organizations. Programs at our clients last because we’re there every step of the way from planning and training to monitoring and tracking. We act as an insurance policy, making sure our clients meet government regulations…

LEED Gold Certification for Maryland Stadium Authority

By The Team | March 13, 2014
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The Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Stadium Authority have been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.  In November, M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, became the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the country, to receive U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold rating for an Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance project.  There…