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Phoenix to build waste innovation research hub

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In Phoenix, municipal trash is a researcher’s treasure. Elizabeth Daigneau reports for Governing that a city known for its ambitious recycling program is now planning a research campus devoted to waste innovation.

Under a new sustainability initiative, the municipality hopes to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills 40 percent over five years. The Resource Innovation Campus could help the city meet that goal. It would feature a research facility run by Arizona State University, “waste-to-products” companies and a recycling center. Construction begins next year.

“The focus will be on what city leaders call the five R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, reconsider and reimagine,” Daigneau writes. City Manager Ed Zuercher tells the publication that trash is in Phoenix’s “DNA.” Beyond reducing waste hauled to landfills, the city aims to generate revenue by repurposing and recycling garbage, he says.


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