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Zero Waste OC 2013. Ready for nothing? The time is now. The possibilities exist (or should/could, with our leadership). T he reasons are clear .  Introduction To Waste-Management and Materials-Recovery Program Design Concepts and Methods The Orange County Sustainability Collaborative

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zero waste oc 2013

Zero Waste OC 2013

Ready for nothing?

The time is now.

The possibilities exist (or should/could, with our leadership).

The reasons are clear.

 Introduction To Waste-Management and Materials-Recovery Program Design Concepts and Methods

The Orange County Sustainability Collaborative

March 1, 2013

Marialyce Pedersen, Adjunct Faculty, Golden West College

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Mind the hierarchy!

MAXIMUM

ENVIRONMENTAL

BENEFIT

SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT

Difficult/More Sustainable Easiest/Least Sustainable

SOME

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT

NO ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT

business recycling choices to meet ab 341 pay for easy or design for economic b enefits
Business Recycling Choices to Meet AB 341 – Pay for “Easy” or Design for Economic Benefits

Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.

Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials or self-haul to recyclers.

Easy BUT businesses must pay for service and seldom reap benefits from recyclables.

May take extra effort to set up collection systems and locate processors, but businesses directly reap financial and “closed loop” (return of materials) benefits.

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preventing waste

  • is the top of
  • the hierarchy
  • plastic bag bans are good.
  • but what about all the
  • other single-use plastics
  • in all of our lives?
  • easy individual solutions:
  • duplex copying; minimizing paper
  • super-portable reusable bags
  • reusable utensil kits
  • water bottle
  • reusable mug (10 cent savings!)
  • patronizing businesses that utilize reusable dishware
  • encouraging those that don’t yet to provide reusable dishware
reuse is the second priority
Reuse is the Second Priority

There are Treasures in our Waste Stream

Reuse is about extracting the highest value possible from used items – preserving and even enhancing the integrity of materials through imagination, creativity and intelligence. From designers breathing new life into vintage fabrics, to developers working on downtown revitalization, there is an increasing recognition of reuse—not just as a concept, but as a movement.

The Renaissance of Reuse

Reuse Alliance is building a community of like-minded individuals and organizations across the country that is revolutionizing the way we look at waste.

business waste assessment steps
Business Waste Assessment Steps
  • Target central trash collection areas
  • Conduct Visual Audit for all container types
  • Document/Record
    • Map Location
    • Assess major discard-streams, opportunities
    • Estimate Volumes/Weights
  • Photograph your findings
  • Create discard analysis report (columnar)
    • Highest & best use recommendations
    • Existing costs, estimated cost savings
  • Develop Recommendations for improvements
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