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[greenyes] Fwd: [GAIA] Questions on Waste Prevention and ZW goals

From: Rory Bakke <rbakke@no.address>
To: 'Gary Liss' <gary@no.address>
Cc: vodriozo@no.address
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.

Rory Bakke

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Liss [mailto:gary@no.address]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 1:48 PM
To: gary@no.address
Cc: vodriozo@no.address
Subject: Fwd: [GAIA] Questions on Waste Prevention and ZW goals

If you can help, please respond to Veronica directly, and cc: me.

Thanks!

Gary

>From: vodriozo@no.address (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?
>
>Veronica Odriozola

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485





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