Waste Deep: Planning for Disposal in a Pandemic and Other Disasters

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about the waste supply chain and market imbalances during a pandemic or large disaster.
  • Explore categories of waste by type and identify trends.
  • Find out about the avenues for reuse and recycling of different types of waste streams.

More Course Details

No one thinks about waste. Even the word itself leads us to immediately discard it. It is typically not until the trash can is overflowing, or immediately in our face in some other unpleasant way, that we start to take notice.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, municipalities have been scrambling to find alternative dumping grounds for recyclable and organic materials. In several cases, whole recycling centers across the U.S. are shutting down and landfills are piling up. From creating new policies to upgrading equipment at recovery facilities, cities are slowly adapting to new methods for reducing and diverting waste. From better solutions, expanding processing capabilities, reducing the contamination rate, and creating incentives for manufacturers to create more green products, experts will lead you through a process to curb the broken recycling system.

This interactive session introduces attendees to refuse and recycling during a major disaster and how disposal and contamination can quickly become a problem. The focus will be on methods specifically designed for communities, large and small. Explore the avenues for reuse and recycling of different types of waste streams and how to initiate public-private partnerships to reach waste reduction goals.

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