Treating it good enough to throw it away just isn’t good enough.

The current municipal waste management model is structured around a long acknowledged need to address public health issues. In effect, we have defined sewage strictly as an unsanitary waste stream. For over a century and a half, we have sought to process and ultimately discharge effluent when and where it would no longer present an unacceptable threat to our personal or our environment health.

In similar fashion we have historically defined garbage as a waste stream. We seek to sequester and confine it within specially constructed facilities. Designed to protect us from unsanitary contact and toxicity we store the waste over the tens of decades it will take for the most of it to decompose or degenerate.

Our collective approach has evolved into a paradigm of “Treat it good enough to throw it away.” The only thing that has effectively changed over the term has been governments’ definition of “good enough”.