GRN Draft Mission Statement
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:20:06 -0500


TO Grassroots Recycling Network
FROM Bill Sheehan 8/20/96

Here is the mission statement etc., revised with help from Lance.
Please say yea, nay or give comments to first three parts, at
least, by this Friday (8/23). With contact info, greenyes info and
perhaps winter conference announcement, this could be the basis of a
flyer for Pittsburgh....

The Grassroots Recycling Network is dedicated to practicing
environmental stewardship and achieving a sustainable economy by
reducing waste and reusing and recycling the earth's resources in ways
that support community.

The Grassroots Recycling Network is a coalition of community-based
recycling activists engaged in conserving our human and natural
resources and giving voice to the conservation ethic that more than 100
million Americans express daily by recycling.

Eliminate waste
Create jobs not waste
End welfare for wasting

Community economic development and resource conservation
compliment one another and should be supported through public and
private initiatives contributing to a sustainable economy

Policies and tax-payer subsidies for extracting natural resources (such
as metals, petroleum and timber) and wasting resources in landfills
and incinerators reflect outmoded thinking and should be eliminated.
Until these practices are stopped, the Grassroots Recycling Network
believes that governmental action is essential to *level the playing
field* so that resource recovery is not put at a competitive advantage
with wasting.

Resource conservation and recovery ease some of the most damaging
consequences of wasteful consumption. Public and private initiatives
should seek to reduce the destruction of wildlife habitat, ancient forest
ecosystems, pollution associated with resource extraction, and energy
consumed in the production of materials now essential in industrial