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Zero Waste. A Policy, Path, Direction A Target, Process, Way Of Thinking Recognizes 71 Tons “Upstream” For Every Ton MSW From Waste Management To Resource Management Redesigning Products and Processes for Clean Production New Vision For A New Century. Zero Waste is about:. Smartness

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zero waste
Zero Waste
  • A Policy, Path, Direction
  • A Target, Process, Way Of Thinking
  • Recognizes 71 Tons “Upstream” For Every Ton MSW
  • From Waste Management To Resource Management
  • Redesigning Products and Processes for Clean Production
  • New Vision For A New Century
zero waste is about
Zero Waste is about:
  • Smartness
  • Forward-thinking
  • Balanced Alternatives
  • Efficiency
  • Prudence
  • Caring
  • Responsibility
  • Stewardship
  • Competence
  • Vision
  • Ingenuity
  • New Thinking
  • New Technologies
  • Planning Ahead
definition of zero waste
Definition of Zero Waste*
  • Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use.
  • Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and NOT BURN OR BURY THEM.
  • Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.


urban environmental accords
Urban Environmental Accords
  • From World Environment Day in SF 2005 (
  • 100 Largest Cities Asked to Adopt
  • Zero Waste by 2040 is one of Accords

Picture: Methane Earth Credit: GISS, NASA

zero waste communities www zwia org
Canberra, Australia

NZ – Entire Country

Over 50% of NZ Cities

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Seattle, WA

Boulder County, CO

Summit County, CO

Central Vermont Waste Mgt.District

New York City (Citizens ZW Plan)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Toronto, Ontario

Nelson, British Columbia (BC)

Regional Districts BC

Kootenay Boundary

Central Kootenay


Cowichan Valley

Sunshine Coast

Smithers, BC

Nanaimo, BC

Zero Waste Communities(www.
ca zero waste communities
CIWMB Strategic Plan

San Luis Obispo County

Del Norte County

Burbank (informally)

San Bernardino County Zero Waste Communities (informally)

SF Bay Area

San Francisco


Santa Cruz County and all cities in Co.


Palo Alto

Sonoma County LTF

CA Zero Waste Communities
zero waste businesses are leading the way 90 waste diversion
Anheuser-Busch, Fairfield, CA

Apple Computer, Elk Grove, CA

Epson (OR)

Fetzer Vineyards

Frankie’s Bohemian Café, SF

Greens Restaurant, SF

Hewlett-Packard, Roseville, CA

Mad River Brewery

New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, CO

NUMMI, Fremont, CA


Playa Vista, LA, CA

San Diego Wild Animal Park

Scoma’s Restaurant, SF


Xerox Corp

Yost Printer, Monrovia, CA

Zero Waste Businesses are Leading the Way (>90% Waste Diversion)


panel 1 laws orders and policies for zero waste
Panel 1: Laws, Orders, and Policies for Zero Waste
  • Gary Liss, Gary Liss & Associates, Moderator,
  • Evan C. Henry, Bank of America, “Incentives for Corporate Environmental Responsibility”
  • James Kaz Inouye, American Honda Motor Co Inc., “It Just Makes ‘Cents’ to Reduce Waste”
  • John Picard, E2 Environmental Enterprises, "Beyond Compliance: Preventing Risks and Reducing Liabilities through Zero Waste Programs"
regulatory compliance
Regulatory Compliance
  • Laws, Orders and Directives
    • International
    • National
    • State
    • Local and Regional
  • Pending Legislation and Future Legislative Trends
beyond compliance
Beyond Compliance
  • Manage Risks and Decrease Liabilities
  • Avoid Penalties and Benefit from Incentives
  • Marketing Edge (“Green” Business)
  • Pressure from Shareholders
  • Level Playing Field (Voluntary Industry Standards)
  • World Class - Do the Right Thing
program results
Program Results
  • Waste Produced at Business
    • More than 90% diverted from Landfills and incineration
    • Design out Waste; Pollution Prevention
  • Takebacks of Products/Packaging
  • Green Buildings for Facilities
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
  • Incentives & Supply Chain Management
  • Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet, Profits