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
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
Mind the hierarchy!
SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT
Difficult/More Sustainable Easiest/Least Sustainable
NO ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT
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.
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.
Sample Avoided Disposal Savings