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  1. Fighting for the Brand of Zero Waste GRRN National Zero Waste Action Conference July 30, 2011, San Diego, CA By Gary Liss & Associates 916-652-7850;

  2. What is Zero Waste Brand?

  3. What is Zero Waste Brand?

  4. What is Zero Waste Brand?

  5. What is Zero Waste Brand?

  6. What is Zero Waste Brand? Zero Waste: Ride the Wave to Sustainability

  7. Reduce Reuse Recycle RECAPTURE R3Zero Waste =

  8. Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate 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 are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. Definition of Zero Waste* *


  10. ZWIA Principles and Practical Steps Towards Zero Waste 1.Adopt ZWIA Zero Waste definition 2. Establish goals and timeline 3. Engage the whole community 4. Manage Resources not Waste 5. Program Funding 6. Education & Outreach 7. Zero Waste Assessments

  11. ZWIA Principles (cont.) 8. Residual Separation & Research Facilities 9. End Subsidies for Wasting 10. Zero Waste Businesses GRRN KEYS TO ZERO WASTE 11. New Rules and Incentives 12. Extended Producer Responsibility 13. Zero Waste Procurement 14. Zero Waste Infrastructure

  12. Zero Waste Business Principles • Commitment to the triple bottom line • Use Precautionary Principle • Zero Waste to landfill or incineration • Responsibility: Takeback Products and Packaging • Buy reused, recycled & composted • Prevent pollution and reduce waste • Highest and best use • Use economic incentives for customers, workers and suppliers • Products or services sold are not wasteful or toxic • Use non-toxic production, reuse and recycling processes Source: ZW International Alliance,

  13. Highest and Best Uses • End Subsidies for Wasting • Clean Production and EPR • Reduce, Refuse & Return • Reuse • Recycle • Regulate • Not OK: Incineration and Subtitle D Landfills

  14. Why is this Important? • Defines Acceptable Technologies and Measurable Outcomes • Defines Who We Are and What We Want • Some say Zero Waste has many Definitions – We need to say there’s only one peer reviewed, internationally accepted definition of Zero Waste: ZWIA • Gandhi said... “First they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they get mad at you, then they join you.”

  15. Fighting for the Brand • Adopt ZWIA Definition in Goals and Plans • Adopt ZWIA Definition of Zero Waste as a goal in business and community Zero Waste Strategic Plans • Include ZWIA Definition of Zero Waste as a goal in Sustainability or Climate Change Plans

  16. Fighting for the Brand • ZWIA International Dialogue, May 6-9 2012, Toronto on Fighting for the Brand • Existing Programs & Models from other fields • ZWIA Certification Process • ZW Communities • ZW Businesses • ZW Facilities • ZW Events • ZW Certification Programs • ZW Professionals

  17. Fighting for the Brand • ZWIA Website • ZWIA Listserv – To join must agree to ZWIA Standards • List of Zero Waste Communities • In Future, need to add: • List of Zero Waste Businesses • Sign-on to Support ZWIA Zero Waste Definition and Principles

  18. If you’re not for Zero Waste, how much waste are you for?