Sunday, December 4, 2011

From Trash to Cash: Small Business Turns Profit with Waste Recovery

Paul Hagey | Thu Oct 27 2011

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Given that the U.S. generates around 240 million tons of solid waste each year, and the EU generates 3 billion tons, there’s a lot of treasure ripe for the picking in the ecology of commerce.
Zero waste, lots of cash

Dr. Dan Knapp, 71, is one man who’s reaping the riches of the Zero Waste philosophy. He founded Urban Ore, a waste recovery business in Berkeley, California in 1980 with his wife Mary Lou Van Deventer. Last year the company did $2.7 million in sales.

We went to a dump and I was appalled by what I saw.

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