The Path to Drawdown: Recycling
Project Drawdown considers recycling as the recovery of recyclable post-consumer waste (like glass, plastic, metals, etc.) from the industrial and residential sectors of the economy. Recycling replaces the disposal of recyclable materials in landfills and mitigates the need to use virgin material for production.
Up to half of all waste comes from households, and in some high-income countries, more than 50% of that waste is recyclable material.
Household recycling can reduce emissions because producing new products from recovered materials often saves energy. For instance, forging recycled aluminum products requires 95% less energy than creating them from virgin materials.
Project Drawdown estimates that by 2050, a serious commitment to recycling can help avoid 6.02 gigatons of GHG emissions. To get there, recycling needs to be adopted much more widely that they are now:
- In 2014, 27% of recyclable waste was recycled
- By 2050, 68% of recyclable materials need to be recycled
- That’s 2.6% CAGR between 2014 and 2050
If we can achieve that 68% recycling scenario, we can avoid up to 6.02 gigatons of GHG emissions.
Quest Resource Holding Corporation (stock ticker: QRHC) provides solutions for the reuse, recycling, and disposal of various waste streams and recyclables in the United States. The company was formerly known as Infinity Resources Holdings Corp. and changed its name to Quest Resource Holding Corporation in October 2013. They're in The Colony, Texas.
QRHC's Role in Drawdown
Quest Resource offers disposal and recycling services for a wide variety of waste materials like motor oil and automotive lubricants, oil filters, scrap tires, oily water, goods destruction, food waste, meat renderings, cooking oil and grease trap waste, plastics, cardboard, metal, glass, mixed paper, construction debris, as well as regulated and non-regulated solid, liquid, and gas wastes. They also offer antifreeze and windshield washer fluid, dumpster and compacting equipment, and other minor ancillary services. In addition, it also provides landfill diversion services.
Quest Resource’s services focus on the waste streams and recyclables from big box, food chain, and other retailers; automotive maintenance, quick lube, dealerships, and collision repair; transportation, logistics, and internal fleet operators; manufacturing plants; multi-family and commercial properties; restaurant chains and food operations; and construction and demolition projects. Quest Resource Holding Corporation markets its services to automotive, manufacturing, hospitality and retail, construction and demolition, and commercial and multi-family property management industries through direct sales force and strategic partnerships.
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