From: Rory Bakke <email@example.com>
To: 'Gary Liss' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: [GAIA] Questions on Waste Prevention and ZW goals
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 18:18:25 -0800
I am currently working on a waste prevention protocol for Alameda County.
Our County Charter (Measure D section voted in and held up in Court in
1991) requires us to achieve 75% overall diversion by 2010 with 20% of
that coming from "source reduction." We are referring to it as waste
prevention. We have started where we will get the big bang for the buck -
in the nonresidential sector. We did a study called the Waste Production
Measurement Study (on our website under Research and Studies and at the
bottom of the list). The website is: www.stopwaste.org. Now we are
building on that study. I will soon be doing a brief survey of several
programs and businesses around the country to ask them which waste
prevention practices they think are best to focus on because: a - they
actually have seen resulting prevention/avoidance of waste or more
efficient use of materials as a result of instituting this as a best
practice; and b - they are replicable. This means we are heading toward a
practice-based approach. This still does not say how we will account
specifically for these practices - in other words how much diversion we
will attribute to the institutions of that practice but I am working on
that part and will be doing so for the next year. That is a VERY quick
response and I know it does not answer all your questions but contact me
again in 9 months or so and hopefully, I will have more specifics for you.
Check out the study on our website too.
From: Gary Liss [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 1:48 PM
Subject: Fwd: [GAIA] Questions on Waste Prevention and ZW goals
If you can help, please respond to Veronica directly, and cc: me.
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Veronica Odriozola)
>Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 15:51:03 -0500
>...I took a look at different zero waste resolutions and some talk about
>zero waste diversion from landfills. While I see this as a positive step
>I can't see any reflection of the need to prevent waste in that
>commitment. You can continuously grow your per capita waste generation
>while diverting most of it to recycling programs for useless products.
>Can anyone tell me how waste prevention is dealt with in quantitaive goals
>in other cities or regions that you know? ie, are there waste reduction
>laws besides waste diversion from landfill or incinerators?