Chaz Miller

Director of Policy/Advocacy

Chaz Miller is director of policy/advocacy for the National Waste & Recycling Association, Washington, D.C.

EPA’s MSW Report Reveals a Dynamic Waste Stream at Work
Slightly more garbage in 2013 and slightly less recycling. That pretty much sums up the EPA’s recently released trash census. However, 2013 also marked the first time in over 13 years that garbage grew at a higher rate than the population.
There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch – or Free Garbage – or Free Recycling
Charlotte, N.C.’s City Council is considering a proposal to make garbage “free.” If it is approved, homeowners would swap their current yearly waste fee for a property tax increase. Of course, garbage and recycling would not be “free.”
Profiles in Garbage: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Bottles
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a plastic resin used to make bottles for beverages, food, and other household and consumer products.
Reflecting on Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary
Forty-five years later, we have made tremendous progress in cleaning up our environment. Our air is cleaner, our rivers aren’t catching on fire. Recycling has been transformed. But the job is far from finished.
Profiles in Garbage: Lead-Acid Batteries
Lead-acid batteries have the highest recycling rate of any product sold in the United States.
Reading in the Digital Age 1
I have long thought we were moving to a less paper society. Technology changes and so do the materials we use.
Profiles in Garbage: Glass Containers
Glass containers are made from sand, limestone, soda ash, cullet (crushed bottles), and various additives, including those used to color brown, green or blue bottles.
Finding the Right Targets for Recycling Rates Remains an Elusive Goal 4
How much of our waste stream should we be able to recycle?
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.
Extended Producer Responsibility—Three Little Words That Make A Big Difference
March 6, 2015

Michelle Nestor argues that “in typical EPR programs, producers are held accountable for the cost of recovery, yet are granted little influence on the mechanisms, processes...

Times Changing for Solid Waste Transfer Stations
March 2, 2015

Karl makes some very good comments. However, I would disagree about the impact of the recession. EPA has long noted the disconnect between the growth of the economy and the...

Not Your Grandma’s Recycling Program
July 3, 2014

Minor point, but curbside recycling did not begin in California in th eearly 70's. According to EPA data, Madison WI and San Francisco CA had newspaper curbside collection in...

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