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Transcript of Zero Waste
Means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources. Are one of the largest sources of Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
Methane is 21-72x more potent than CO2
71 Tons "upstream" for every ton of MSW Reduce, Re-use, Recycle Create Jobs and Drive Cost Savings Reduces Resource Extraction, Landfills , and Pollution Who? Individuals, Cities & Companies Voluntary and Policy driven programs are proven techniques to reduce the amount of material generated and boost recovery rates. EPR Zero waste is attainable!
Nature is the Model
Zero Waste or Close to it
Businesses have achieved over 90% waste reduction The recycling industry, in terms of employees, is the size of the auto industry!
10,000 tons of waste =
Landfill 1 job
Composting - 4 jobs
Recycling 10 jobs
Reuse - 75-250 jobs All Zero Waste Businesses have saved money
Save the most by Reducing Waste & Reuse Systems Carton Council AMERIPEN Extended Producer Responsibility is a policy directive that REQUIRES producers of materials to be responsible for the end-life of of their products
Producer "Take Back"
Incentives to redesign products to be less toxic and easier to reuse and recycle
Producer investment in recovery infrastructure A Presentation by Barbara Heineken,
Resource Recycling Systems Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.
Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste
About 31% of MSW generated in the US in 2008 was containers and packaging, or 76,760 thousand tons. Only 43.7% of that was recycled. Zero Waste Programs are the fastest and most cost effective ways that local governments can contribute to:
Reducing climate change
Promote local sustainability
Protect Health Comprehensive recycling programs in cities, schools, universities, & institutions should be:
As convenient as trash
Encompass a "core group" of material
Available to all Generators Z
In 2008, a survey of landfills found that 82 percent of surveyed landfill cells had leaks, while 41 percent had a leak larger than 1 square foot. American Institute for Packaging & the Environment Nonprofit trade organization working to push the needle on the diversion and recovery of packaging materials. AMERIPEN is conducting research to better understand the recovery systems and how industry can play a role in increased recovery. AMERIPEN Knowledge Map Online "jeopardy board" that AMERIPEN commissioned to better understand the recovery of packaging materials.
It's public! Check it out!
https://sites.google.com/site/ameripenprkmwiki/ Zero Waste methods slow the depletion of non-renewable resources such as metal, oil and natural gas, and reduces the encroachment of new mining and drilling operations. Examples of Voluntary Producer Responsibility Think outside the box – repurpose - waste products can often be used as a raw material for someone/something else
Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools
Using an old t-shirt for a rag instead of buying paper towels Waste is not inevitable
What can we do to reduce what we produce?
Analyze purchasing practices
Production practices – Subaru has a zero waste production policy – how did they get there?
Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. BHeineken@recycle.com Questions? Thanks!