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.

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.


Critical Materials & Renewable Energy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mei-Ling Shek   
  • What are “critical materials”?
  • How are some of these materials used in renewable energy?
  • What world resources of critical materials are available?
  • Are there substitutes?
  • How about recycling?

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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.


Responsible Recycling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Potter   

Responsible recycling and end-of-life services for electronics, industrial equipment and hazardous wastes.


  • Where does it all go?!
  • No landfill.
  • No processing overseas.
  • Refining materials to their purest form.