Materials & Recycling

All things we use are made from materials that require resources and energy to create. To reduce new material consumption and energy needs, products can be designed and produced in smarter ways. Materials used in one product, when no longer needed, can be reused to produce new products. And, products can be designed to safeguard health and nature. Businesses are developing new opportunities around this smarter way of using materials.

Related Topic Areas: green materials, biomaterials, organic materials, green chemistry, cradle-to-cradle (C2C) design and certification, lifecycle of products, recycling, recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, bioplastics, technical nutrients, synthetic nutrients, biological nutrients, regenerative, material health, material reutilization.

Ideas on Recycling & Waste Management PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mei-ling-Shek   

garbage 2For todays meeting we will view some portions of several videos which pertain to the areas of recycling and waste management.

The Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California convened for the first time on August 18, 2015, in Sacramento.  Leaders from across the state discussed what we need to do, collaboratively, to meet the statewide goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2020. While California does a good job collecting recyclables,  we miss out on much of the economic benefits that can be generated from manufacturing new products in-state from those recyclables. According to CalRecycle, roughly 18 million tons of recyclables were exported from California seaports in 2014. Mark Murray, from Californians Against Waste, said recycling has created 125,000 green jobs in California and added billions of dollars to our economy but, he said, “We’re exporting too much of the value that can be generated from recycling.”


Join us to learn and to generate ideas on how we can increase extended producer responsibility,  and  increase the number of green jobs in the state, and what we can do to meet the statewide recycling goal.


Thursday Morning Meeting, Febuary 11, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).


Standards and Certifications, Links in the Chain to Building an Industry for E-Waste Recycling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Guimarin   


EGuimarin1“We can grow a robust domestic e-recycling infrastructure and generate jobs with it”, Jim Taggart, ECS Refining, San Jose, CA.


With recognition that electronic waste is causing social and environmental harm, toxic materials can be excluded from product design and it can be made easier to recover component materials.


Developing Sustainable Pathways to Fuels and Chemicals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Tom Jaramilo   

Video & Discussion


Nearly all the fuels and chemicals produced and consumed today are derived from fossil resources. This talk will describe recent efforts to develop new, renewable pathways to produce the same kinds of fuels and chemicals that our society relies on, though in a sustainable manner. In particular, the talk will focus on two areas of sustainable technology: (1) Solar-based processes for the renewable production of H2 from water, and (2) CO2 conversion to produce carbon-based fuels and chemicals. Keys to improving these technologies for widespread commercialization involve the development of higher performance semiconductors, interfaces, and catalyst materials for high efficiency, stability, and selectivity for targeted products. This talk will describe challenges in the field and the means to address them through Prof. Jaramilo’s research efforts to engineer improved materials and devices.





Tour of Shoreway Environmental Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gregory Chu   


GregoryChuThe EcoGreen Group (EGG) was treated to a private tour of the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos.


Rethinkwaste,  a public/private partnership owns and manages the Shoreway Environmental Center and serves the surrounding public agencies of Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District.