Thanks to the Sponsors of the GRRN Zero Waste Conference 2009. Gold Sponsor. EL Harvey & Sons, Inc. Environmentalists Every Day. Thanks to the Sponsors of the GRRN Zero Waste Conference 2009. Silver Sponsors. insinkerator. California Resource Recovery Association.
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The GrassRoots Recycling Network helped provide info for the following story that was published in the New York Times on Monday, October 19, 2009:
Nudging Recycling From Less Waste to None
By LESLIE KAUFMANPublished: October 19, 2009 At Yellowstone National Park, the clear soda cups and white utensils are not your typical cafe-counter garbage. Made of plant-based plastics, they dissolve magically when heated for more than a few minutes. At Ecco, a popular restaurant in Atlanta, waiters no longer scrape food scraps into the trash bin. Uneaten morsels are dumped into five-gallon pails and taken to a compost heap out back.And at eight of its North American plants, Honda is recycling so diligently that the factories have gotten rid of their trash Dumpsters altogether.Across the nation, an antigarbage strategy known as “zero waste” is moving from the fringes to the mainstream, taking hold in school cafeterias, national parks, restaurants, stadiums and corporations. The movement is simple in concept if not always in execution: Produce less waste. Shun polystyrene foam containers or any other packaging that is not biodegradable. Recycle or compost whatever you can.Though born of idealism, the zero-waste philosophy is now propelled by sobering realities, like the growing difficulty of securing permits for new landfills and an awareness that organic decay in landfills releases methane that helps warm the earth’s atmosphere.“Nobody wants a landfill sited anywhere near them, including in rural areas,” said Jon D. Johnston, a materials management branch chief for the Environmental Protection Agency who is helping to lead the zero-waste movement in the Southeast. “We’ve come to this realization that landfill is valuable and we can’t bury things that don’t need to be buried.”For the rest of the story, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/science/earth/20trash.html?_r=2A version of this article appeared in print on October 20, 2009, on page A1 of the New York edition.