He sees your one bag ... and raises you three years

Last week, I wrote about John Newson, a guy in England who recycled and reused like crazy and ended up throwing away one – and only one -- bag of trash during 2012. (And it was a regular-sized bag, too, not this.)

Astounding, admirable and unbeatable … or so I thought.

Leave it to Waste & Recycling News' readers to find someone even more efficient.

A day after the blog post, I got an email from Shawn Williamson, a partner with Baleen Group in Canada.

Landfill mining could be future of recycling

The Scottish Government has commissioned a feasibility study from Zero Waste Scotland, which is due to report this spring.

The magazine Materials Recycling World says Scotland is thought to be the first UK authority to ­consider “landfill mining” to extract valuable materials such as plastic and metal.

Other items could be used to heat homes by fuelling incinerators producing energy from waste.

And mining could extract precious “rare earth” materials used in electronics such as mobile phones.

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