Lifecycle models could continue to disrupt the industry as they become more commonplace.
A lifecycle model, adapted from a model that primarily researchers use to evaluate solid waste practices, is rolling out to the public. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a user-friendly version that’s free to local and state governments and others—even though lifecycle thinking challenges how the agency has encouraged them to manage their trash.
As lifecycle models and tools become more commonplace, they could continue to disrupt the industry, as well as how goods producers operate.
By Arlene Karidis, Waste360.