Zac Graber / Class of 2018
Wastefulness is a massive problem worldwide. In the United States alone, we only recycle about 35 percent of our waste stream, yet we currently have the technology to attain at least 70 percent. This waste sits in landfills while releasing harmful gases into the air, taking hundreds or thousands of years to decompose (if ever), and causes us to have to mine for new raw materials which is extremely energy intensive and harmful to the environment. Solving this problem requires both improved technology and changed consumer behavior. My project, rECOvery Organics, will extend the life of the Central Ohio landfill by dramatically increasing the organics recovery and improving the consumer experience toward waste. My research will focus on ways we can make the recycling process easier on consumers and economically feasible for both the public and private sector partners involved.