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Lawrence Wackett, Institute on the Environment Fellow and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, College of Biological Sciences
For a sustainable future, humans must mimic natural systems in which one creature’s waste is another’s raw material. Many human processes create waste and disposing of that waste often has a price tag. With sufficient creativity, waste can be turned into useful materials that, instead of costing disposal fees, could turn a profit, thus creating incentive for people to participate. A single magical solution does not exist, but in this talk we will focus on a few examples of successful large-scale waste recycling initiatives and suggest possible solutions to big waste problems that must be solved to make human society sustainable in the long-term.
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