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GreenYes Digest Mon, 6 Oct 97 Volume 97 : Issue 240

Today's Topics:
Americans Recycle Day
The Zero Waste Agenda

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Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 18:53:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Americans Recycle Day

Report From Orlando
by Rick Anthony

The National Recycling Congress in Orlando was special this year for several
reasons. The organization has confronted and overcome a financial crisis and
has more members than ever. The majority of the candidates for Board of
Directors endorsed the zero waste focus. Nobody had any problem with
grassroots recyclers using zero waste as a theme for America Recycles Day.
The far west won the softball tournament. There are no bugs at Disney

Significant incidents include:
1) Design for Recycling and Zero Waste are compatible.
2) A zero waste track in next years congress is inevitable.
3) When asked whether zero waste was a reasonable goal, Brenda Platt said,
4) Disney world has a state of the art composting system
5) Several government agencies and many corporations have adopted zero waste
planning goals.
6) Hundreds of potential zero waste organizers received information,
resolutions, buttons, how to get on the listserve, and coke action letters.
7) Over a hundred came to the forum to plan this years actions.
8) Some people can't believe in zero but can believe in .9999.


On Americans Recycle Day every recycling organization should do something
about zero waste and publicize it. It could be a zero waste or corporate
responsibility resolution ( this can be gotten off our web site) or a
specific action against coke, who broke their promise to buy recycled, or
your favorite local anti- zero waste bad actor.


1) Petition your local city council or county commission to pass the zero
Waste resolution ( ) and/or the
Producer responsibility resolution ( )

2) Collect signatures to challenge coke to accept GRRN's challenge to use
Post-consumer content in their pet bottles, re-institute refillables and a
voluntary deposit system. ( )

3) Form a zero waste committee to promote total recycling systems and
Facilities and institute a no new dumps policy in your community.

4) Demonstrate against a local corporation or entity that is notably
Wasteful and polluting.

5) Give a zero waste award to a local company or entity that is achieving
90%+ waste reduction, recycling and composting.

6) Join GRRN by getting involved in an action group and making a donation.
Help us raise grassroots funds by agreeing to send fundraising letters to
10recycling activists that your know.( )

Over the next couple of days, several writers will provide us with ideas for
November 15, Americans Recycle Day. Make zero waste happen this day.



Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 11:40:51 -0400 (EDT)

Forwarding information on an upcoming environmental trade show & conference -

The National Marketplace for the Environment
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Nov. 18-20, 1997

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Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 20:45:26 -0500
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Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 16:46:55 -0700 (PDT) From: "David A. Kirkpatrick" <> Subject: The Zero Waste Agenda

The GrassRoots Recycling Network website at has some new and updated pages: GRRN RESOLUTION ON PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY GRRN ZERO WASTE RESOLUTION (Both Updated... for adoption by local governments or community groups, let us know if your local council, commission or group does so.)

THE ZERO WASTE AGENDA (New...developed initially at the Rock Eagle GRRN conference, a concise one pager on zero waste and strategies for getting there -- copied below. Make suggestions for additions or edits to greenyes. Also, suggest any other documents or links you think would be helpful on the website.)


Zero Waste is the next step in the American success story called recycling. Everyday more then 100 million citizens do the right thing ... they recycle. Now it is time to set our sights higher and start planning for the end to wasting resources and to our reliance on landfills, incinerators and other waste facilities.

Zero Waste is necessary and feasible. As human populations and material use increases, the natural systems that sustain us are suffering from accelerated degradation. Over the next few decades, our society will change in almost every way.

Zero Waste represents a new planning approach for the 21st Century. The American economic system stands for individual freedom, entrepreneurship, and free market capitalism. GRRN adds to that system the principles of conserving resources, minimizing pollution, maximizing employment opportunities, and providing the greatest degree of local economic self-reliance. Zero Waste defines the discipline required to create a more sustainable interaction with our natural world.

Our plan is to have hundreds of community organizers across the country promote the Zero Waste message at the grassroots =96 in the Main Streets and legislative chambers of America.

The following policies and actions will be needed to move us towards Zero Waste:=20

* Tax Shifting. Instead of giving incentives for wasting, we should give tax credits and economic incentives for reducing waste and utilizing recovered materials.=20

* Manufacturer Responsibility. Waste management is an unfunded mandate that falls almost entirely on taxpayers and local governments. Manufacturers and producers must share responsibility for recovering their products and ensuring that they are recycled and not wasted.=20

* Minimum-Content Standards. Manufacturers need to help 'close the loop' by using the materials collected in local recycling programs to manufacture new products.=20

* Unit-Pricing for Trash. Residents and businesses need to be given the incentive to reduce waste and recycle through variable garbage rates. The public must have the opportunity to eliminate their garbage bill if they are to achieve Zero Waste.=20

* Full-Cost Accounting and Life-Cycle Analysis. The benefits of waste prevention and recycling should include a full accounting of the costs of resource depletion, remediation, and environmental degradation caused by the alternative: continued reliance on virgin materials and wasting.=20

* End Subsidies for the Extraction of Virgin Resources. The time has come to put an end to subsidies for the resource extraction industries.=20

* End Cheap Waste Disposal. Landfills and incinerators waste resources and produce pollution in our air, land and water. The time has come to have strong environmental standards and to account for the true long-term cost of waste disposal facilities.=20

* Create Jobs Through Reuse and Recycling. Waste prevention and recycling provides tremendous opportunity to create jobs and initiate new business ventures.=20

* Campaign Finance Reform. Much of the resistance to changing resource policies comes from industries that profit from wasting.=20

* Take Consumer Action Against Wasteful Corporations. The public must put pressure directly on corporations that profit from waste.=20

* Consumer Deposit Programs. Ten states have enacted Bottle Bill programs that have proven to be effective strategies to promote reuse and recycling. Deposit programs on other materials such as tires and batteries have also been proven successful.


Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 15:19:14 -0400 From: (Alison M. McCrady)

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