Solutions to climate change are usually limited to alternative energy, alternative transportation, energy conservation, and related topics. This is based on contribution of carbon to the atmosphere by electrical generation, buildings, and transportation sectors. But in 2009 USEPA presented a paper at a zero waste conference in Devens, MA, showing an alternative view of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. In this systems view, EPA showed that materials management, specifically, production, transportation and use of consumer goods, packaging and food accounted for about half of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Looked at this way, it becomes clear to professionals in the fields of waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting, that these methods, aka Zero Waste solutions, together are a long-neglected but productive way to combat climate change. And yet, this information, this EPA pie chart, is not known by those who have been devising Green New Deals or other programs to combat climate change. The purpose of this paper is to draw the connections between consumption, climate change, zero waste and the Green New Deals that are being discussed across the US so that those who are developing and voting on them will be doing so with this critical information about carbon sources and solutions …
Key note presentation from Recology President & CEO, Michael Sangiacomo
Zero Waste for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Facilities- topics including recycling during pandemic, bagless recycle, contracts with vendors, zw events, signage, zw versus circular economy
Model Single-Use Product Ban Policies and the policy pivots wrought by COVID-19
Save the Albatross Coalition solution to decrease plastic bottle cap litter in our marine environment.
National Policy Town Hall: Recycling Market Development and Infrastructure