Chaz Miller

State Programs Director

Chaz Miller is state programs director for the National Waste & Recycling Association, Washington, D.C.

Boston’s Big Problems
The winter of 2015 has blessed Bean Town with 7.5 feet of snow. As Dr. Seuss wrote, “all that deep, deep, deep snow, all that snow has to go.” But where? And worse yet, how does the city pay for snow removal?
Profiles in Garbage: Food Waste
Food waste includes food taken off retail shelves before or after the “eat-by date”, uneaten portions of meals, and trimmings from food preparation. It is the largest component of generated waste by weight. Food waste is the largest component of discarded waste by weight.
What’s in Store for Recycling & Organics in 2015?
2015 promises to be an intriguing year for recycling and organics recovery.
Profiles in Garbage: Corrugated Boxes
Corrugated packaging is the largest segment of the packaging industry, with about 1500 manufacturing plants in the United States and Canada.
Profiles in Garbage: High-Density Polyethylene Bottles and Containers
HDPE resin is produced from the chemical compound ethylene. HDPE bottles are blow-molded and are used for milk and other liquid products, such as detergents, shampoos, motor oil, drugs and cosmetic products.
Punishing Success 2
Source reduction is the Rodney Dangerfield of waste management. Even though it is at the top of everyone’s waste management hierarchy, it gets no respect.
Stop Recycling Stagnation 1
Only patience, realism and education will lead to recycling increases.
Profiles in Garbage: Plastic Film 1
Plastic film is a thin-gauge packaging medium used as a bag or a wrap. Examples include grocery sacks, trash bags, drycleaner bags and plastic wrap.
Profiles in Garbage: Aluminum Packaging
Scrap aluminum supplies 30 percent of America’s aluminum supply. Recycled aluminum cans supply a portion of the scrap used as a raw material.
Profiles in Garbage: MSW 2012
Chaz Miller looks inside the EPA's recent municipal solid waste generation study.
Profiles in Garbage: Polyethylene Terephthalate 
Half of all polyester carpet in the United States is made from recycled PET.
Profiles in Garbage: Glass Containers 
Almost 80 percent of glass containers produced in 2011 were beverage containers.
Profiles in Garbage: Food Waste  2
Food waste is the largest component of MSW.
Profiles in Garbage: Corrugated Boxes 
Online shopping has led to more corrugated boxes in the waste stream.
Profiles in Garbage: Latest EPA Data
The recession is over and population is up, but total and per capita waste generation are down.

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