PLENARY #3 – Community-based Solutions for Organics, Recycling and Plastic Pollution

December 1, 2022 from 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Moderator: Richard Anthony • Speakers: Alex Danovitch, Win Cowger, Brenda Platt

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The Zero Waste Approach emphasizes local solutions to reducing the generation of materials upstream and creating closed-loop systems for materials generated downstream.

Win Cowger, PhD will present the latest work from the Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research, including the Global Brand Audit and Microplastics Playbook.

Recycling isn’t broken, but could use some help! Mission-driven recyclers can provide collection and processing systems to maximize recovery of commodities and support local circular economies. Alex Danovitch from Nothing Left to Waste will describe his work in creating mission-driven, community-based recycling systems.

Composting can be small scale and large scale and everything in between but too often home composting, onsite composting, community scale composting, and on-farm composting are overlooked. Brenda Platt from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance will address issues of scale and community benefits when considering what strategies and infrastructure to pursue for food waste reduction and recovery. She will also cover local and state policy options and the need for investment.

Moderator: Richard Anthony, Board Member, CoolNOW, Vice President, Zero Waste USA, President, Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), Principal, Zero Waste Associates


  • Win Cowger, PhD, Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research, Global Brand Audit and Micro Plastics Playbook
  • Alex Danovitch, Nothing Left to Waste, Mission-Driven, Community-Based Recycling Systems
  • Brenda Platt, Director of Composting for Community Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Small Is Beautiful: The Case For A Decentralized & Distributed Composting Infrastructure