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Sustainability and Waste Management

  1. 1. Sustainability andWaste Management -Finding the Lemonade in Waste?
  2. 2. Who Am I? Son of God, brother of the universe Mr. Healy’s brother An Identical twin Father of 3 Bellarmine CP Grads (Rob - 1999, Pat – 2001, Peter - 2004) High School Confirmation Teacher Ministry – Care for God’s Creation (St. Francis) Environmental Engr., Waste Mgmt (32yrs) Environmental Remediation Group Manager
  3. 3. What is Waste?
  4. 4. What is Waste? Waste: a) refuse from places of human or animal habitation: as : garbage, rubbish b) excrement —often used in plural : sewage
  5. 5. What is Refuse? Refuse: a) the worthless or useless part of something : leavings b) trash, garbage
  6. 6. What is Garbage? Garbage: a) food waste b) discarded or useless material
  7. 7. What is Rubbish? Rubbish: a) useless waste or rejected matter : trash b) something that is worthless or nonsensical <few real masterpieces are forgotten and not much survives — William Bridges-Adams>
  8. 8. What is Trash? Trash: a) something worth little or nothing: as : junk, rubbish
  9. 9. THIS IS TRASH!
  10. 10. ???????
  11. 11. How Much are we talkingabout? Nation-wide
  12. 12. How Much are we talkingabout? California - 2008
  13. 13. State of California WasteGeneration ~40 m tons/yr Fill AT&T Park ~1,400 times/yr or ~4 times/day
  14. 14. Santa Clara Co. WasteGeneration ~1.5 m tons/yr Fill AT&T Park ~52 times/yr
  15. 15. What’s in the “Waste”? Nationwide -2007
  16. 16. What’s in the “Waste”? California Wastes Composition - 2008
  17. 17. Recycling Rates
  18. 18. Lemonade in Waste? “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” Perspective
  19. 19. Lemonade in Waste Recycled materials Glass, metals, plastics textiles, paper, green wastes Energy resource Raw waste Decomposed waste
  20. 20. More Recycled Products Plastics Outdoor furniture, Wheel stops Trash cans Fabrics Shoes
  21. 21. Recycled Products Glass Glassphalt, Drainage materials, Landscaping Countertops Flooring
  22. 22. More Recycled Products Paper Many recylced paper products Many companies
  23. 23. More Recycled Products Metals Aluminium New aluminum cans Jewelry Houses Ferrous resmelted
  24. 24. More Recycled Products Green Wastes Compost Mulch
  25. 25. More Recycled Products Textiles Good Will, second hand stores Rags Wetsuits to lunch bags Patagonia refurbishes their returned clothing
  26. 26. Future of Waste? Trash: something worth little or nothing Trick is to make what waste is left worth something so that there is NO TRASH left.
  27. 27. San Jose’s Zero Waste Plan
  28. 28. San Jose’s Zero Waste Plan Diversion Plan Goals 2000 - 50% (statewide requirement) 2009 – 62% (actual) 2013 - 75% 2022 - 100%
  29. 29. San Jose’s Zero Waste Plan
  30. 30. Yard Waste Recycling
  31. 31. Food Waste - Composting
  32. 32. San Jose’s Zero Waste Plan
  33. 33. Conversion TechnologiesDevelopment Status
  34. 34. Municipal Waste Composting
  35. 35. Anaerobic Digestion • Barcelona, Spain
  36. 36. Anaerobic Digestion
  37. 37. Waste Combustion Hamburg, Germany
  38. 38. Waste Combustion
  39. 39. Pyrolysis • Burgau, Germany
  40. 40. Pyrolysis
  41. 41. Gasification • Karlsruhe Germany
  42. 42. Gasification
  43. 43. Where does your "trash"go after you "can" it? What happens to the stuff we don’t recycle, reuse (at the source)?
  44. 44. Sorting Facilities More Recycling SMART Station – Sunnyvale, Mountain View Green Team
  45. 45. Landfills What does a modern landfill look like?
  46. 46. Liner/Capping Systems
  47. 47. Landfill Isometric http://www.mrwmd.org/videos.html
  48. 48. Landfill Gas Collect/Flare/Energy Generation
  49. 49. What can you do to AffectZero Waste?? Reduce – waste generated. Reuse – everything as much as you can. Recycle – when can’t reuse. (i.e. Make lemonade!!)
  50. 50. Questions?

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