National Recycling Coalition Update: Corona Virus and the National Zero Waste Conference, 3/10/20

For Immediate Release National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Update: Corona Virus and the National Zero Waste Conference On March 9 event organizers were notified by UC Berkeley that “all campus-sponsored events with plans for more than 150 attendees will be canceled or postponed” to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This new policy applies to the … Read more

Building Zero Waste Communities

Overview of Eco-Cycle’s work to build a model Zero Waste community in Boulder, CO. Includes innovative infrastructure like MRF and Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM), community engagement programs for eco-leaders on plastics and carbon farming, policy models in Boulder, and new narrative around climate impact of recycling and transition to a circular city.

Consumption, Climate, Zero Waste, and The Green New Deal

Solutions to climate change are usually limited to alternative energy, alternative transportation, energy conservation, and related topics. This is based on an assumed 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.

Partnership with EcoJustice Radio, 3/4/20

For Immediate Release National Recycling Coalition National Zero Waste Conference Announces Partnership with EcoJustice Radio In an effort to make this a truly inclusive national Zero Waste event, the NRC has partnered with EcoJustice Radio to spread the Zero Waste message beyond the walls of the conference.  EcoJustice Radio and Adventures in Waste are proud … Read more