Entries by Lynn Lucas

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Topic: urban organics – what is organic waste?

What is organic waste? When talking waste management, organic is a broad, generic term describing waste derived from any type of living matter. A mighty oak, the family dog, and icky germs are all examples of living things. As they feed, grow, and die, living things create organic waste. Organic waste is decomposed by other living […]

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Topic: Urban Organics – mixed paper and OCC

When mixed paper and OCC markets are in free fall  Composting steps in as an alternative to traditional waste paper and cardboard recycling  Market fluctuations are not a new phenomenon for mixed paper and old corrugated cardboard (OCC) recycling.  The most recent trade war turbulence is neither unexpected nor unique.    The truth is, for the last 20 or 30 years, the profit or loss potential for these commodities has been swinging like wind […]

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Topic: got food waste? We’ll take it.

Got food waste?  We’ll take it.  Here’s what you need to do to get ready for food waste composting  (Also view WE WORK FOR FOOD WASTE on SlideShare)  Not every composting facility is using a technology with the oomph t o take on the full range of biodegradables common to food waste.  McGill is one of a handful across […]

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Topic: food waste and compostable straws

Grasping at compostable straws Biodegradable/compostable straws are still trash if there’s no composting facility to process them Like “compostable” chip bags and “natural” claims for trashy food, corporate America’s gushing eco-speak lauding the switch from plastic to paper sippy tubes may really be grasping at straws.   Too often, that greenie glow surrounding biodegradable/compostable straws dissipates […]

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Recycling number 7 PLA plastics

Grappling with the infamous #7 PLA recycling code What was the plastics industry thinking when it stuck compostable plastic into this recycling hodgepodge? It wasn’t … thinking of recycling, that is. The industry says their category numbers are resin codes, not recycling codes. They identify different types of polymers. Each polymer recycles using a different […]

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Heading for the 2018 CRA conference this weekend?

Members of Team McGill are packing up for next week’s 2018 Carolinas Recycling Association (CRA) Conference, March 19-22 in Cherokee, NC.  Representing McGill Environmental Systems will be Noel Lyons, president; Sean Fallon, business development manager for intake;  Gary Gittere, sales and marketing manager for compost sales, and Kate Sullivan, compost sales rep.  Come meet some […]