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Is anyone doing this in Worcester?

by on February 26, 2013

Is anyone doing this in Worcester?

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/heady-times-for-compost-pioneers/

Huge business opportunity, just cut me in on the profits.

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3 Comments
  1. I think this is a great example of successful ecological modernization. Unlike the efforts from Pitt’s “Make it Right” project and others, such as making residents of the Ninth Ward goat farms, that we saw earlier in the semester, this effort seems to benefit all parties (except maybe the waste management corporations, and those in charge of landfills). People need their waste removed. It makes great business sense to “go green”, and when the costs are low, that is just the cherry on top in terms of cost benefit analysis. If Wal-Mart is doing it you know it makes sense business wise. It points to (perhaps a rare) example of holes in the pessimistic neomarxist-esc perspectives.

  2. chapinlevans permalink

    This is a very interesting idea that I have never heard before. After watching the videos about Chester, PA’s waste plant environmental pollution and debating from different points of view (many of which have valid arguments), I’ve come to think that the solution may lie on how exactly we can use the disposal of our waste as a source of energy. I am no engineer and am merely capable of dreaming about certain ideas, but this article gave me hope – it makes me think that some ideas may not be so unattainable. Essentially, it may be that if we sort out our waste more effectively and efficiently, the benefits may be great. For some, it is “annoying” to even simply put a plastic bottle into the recyling bin and it may not even be clean… but perhaps if more documentation and awareness is created, the more people would take the extra 30 seconds to sort their trash out. I was thinking that even a positive social movement that attempts to get people to jump on the bandwagon for the sake of fitting in may be effective… although slightly devious. But maybe that’s what it will take to get people active.

  3. I thought this article was really interesting. I have never heard of a plant that recycles food waste. The idea is similar to owning a compost bin, but it is a great alternative for large companies trying to get rid of food waste. I also was not aware that food was the largest form of waste, so it makes perfect sense in terms of minimizing waste going into landfills. Why should we throw something away that can be turning into something else? As Chapin mentioned, “going green” for many people is an inconvenience, but if we were able to collect the food waste from homes and companies just like other garbage is collected, it could really reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.

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