The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (Olympia, Wash.) has released From Waste Management to Clean Materials, a report it calls a blueprint to transform the Pacific Northwest’s “increasingly outdated solid waste management system” by 2040.
The report outlines the challenges the recycling industry has faced over the past few years, including market difficulties, public confusion, and a changing material stream. It advances the solution of “clean production hubs” that can create tens of thousands of “well-paid technical and blue-collar jobs” through sortation and processing, product repair, redistribution of reusable containers and products, product disassembly and reuse, and productive transformation of recovered and recycled material. It recommends public-private co-investment through state tax incentives to develop such hubs and investment in university research and development capabilities. Visit sustaininfrastructure.org/cleanmaterials.