CHAPTER 15

Making and Sharing Waste Recycling: Recyclebots

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 2015), the average American produces about 4.5 pounds of waste every day. In nature, there is no such thing as waste; anything generated from one species is simply used as a resource by the next species. Think of mushrooms living on dead trees. There is no reason humans can’t learn from nature and follow that design methodology (McDonough and Braungart, 2010). The waste that is generated in your home and business, rather than being a source of loss (e.g., landfill tipping fee), can be treated as a resource. Countless environmental organizations flog “reduce, reuse, and recycle” as a mantra to help the environment by saving money, ...

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