Landfill Mining with Aaron Nesser

It seems like we’re already living in a dystopian future so shouldn’t we start businesses that better reflect that? Today’s guest brings us an idea for reducing waste in a way that is good for the earth, good for business and good for our future selves.

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  • Currently there is more aluminum stored in landfills than in the mineral where aluminum is sourced in nature. 
  • Not all landfills are created equal. Landfills near industrial areas contain more metals like steel, aluminum, and iron. 
  • Jevons Paradox could be leveraged: The paradox occurs when technological progress or government policy increases the efficiency with which a resource is used, but the rate of consumption of that resource rises due to increasing demand.

Action Steps:

  • Find ways to intercept potentially valuable materials before they end up in the landfill. 
  • "Bank" salvaged material for future use
  • Reach out to explore partnerships with existing companies like Terracycle


Aaron Nesser is the founder of AlgiKnit, which creates eco-conscious, renewable yarns for the circular economy.

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