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RE: [greenyes] [ZWIA] Draft ZWIA Zero Waste definition


Gary -

Thanks for sharing these and for the opportunity to provide feedback. I
think Option B is a much stronger candidate. I offer a few suggested
revisions below, with proposed deletions in brackets [] and additions in
capital letters. (If you find this difficult to read, I have also
included a "clean" revised version below.)

Option B
"Zero Waste is BOTH a philosophy and [visionary] PRAGMATIC goal BASED
UPON THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE THAT HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE HUMAN
SYSTEMS [that] emulate[s] natural cycles, where all outputs are simply
an input for another process. It means designing and managing
[materials, and products,] RESOURCE EXTRACTION, PRODUCTION PROCESSES AND
MATERIALS IN WAYS THAT [to] conserve and recover all resources, and DO
not destroy, [or] bury [them] OR TRANSFORM THEM IN WAYS THAT LIMIT THE
ABIITY OF HUMAN AND NATURAL SYSTEMS TO SAFELY REUSE THEM FOR PRODUCTIVE
PURPOSES. [, and] IT MEANS eliminating[e] discharges to land, water or
air that do not contribute productively to natural systems or the
economy. IT MEANS PRESERVING THE RESILIENCE AND LONG-TERM HEALTH OF THE
NATURAL SYSTEMS WHICH SUPPLY THE RESOURCES AND MATERIALS UPON WHICH OUR
ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND WELL-BEING DEPEND."

I look forward to seeing other comments and suggestions. Cheers!

Chris Paterson
Community Partnerships & Planning Manager
CVSWMD

["clean version"]

Option B
"Zero Waste is both a philosophy and pragmatic goal based upon the
principle that healthy and sustainable human systems emulate natural
cycles, where all outputs are simply an input for another process. It
means designing and managing resource extraction, production processes
and materials in ways that conserve and recover all resources, and do
not destroy, bury or transform them in ways that limit the ability of
human and natural systems to safely reuse them for productive purposes.
It means eliminating discharges to land, water or air that do not
contribute productively to natural systems or the economy. It means
preserving the resilience and long-term health of the natural systems
which supply the resources and materials upon which our economic
prosperity and well-being depend."




-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Liss [mailto:gary@no.address]
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 5:55 PM
To: crra_members@no.address; JTRNET@no.address;
greenyes@no.address; list-users@no.address; ROC@no.address;
recyc-l@no.address; future-500@no.address;
rworks@no.address; WRPPN listserve; P2TECH Listserv;
no-new-incinerators@no.address
Cc: jdickinson@no.address; Julie Dickinson, Zero Waste
International Alliance coordinator; Gerard Gillespie; Jayan Chelaton;
thanal@no.address; Warren Snow; Manny Calonzo;
mendozas@no.address; muna@no.address; George Cheng 1, Taiwan Watch
(George Cheng 2, Taiwan Watch); RicAnthony@no.address; Gary Liss; Eric
Lombardi; mwilson@no.address; Mal Williams
Subject: [greenyes] [ZWIA] Draft ZWIA Zero Waste definition

Apologies for Cross-Postings

The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) has been having a great
discussion on its listserve to develop a definition of "Zero Waste" to
post
on ZWIA's website.

We would like to engage all of you who would like to contribute to that
discussion. The following are 2 definitions that have been proposed.
We
would like your input on which of these definitions should be adopted,
or
suggestions for additional edits, or alternate definitions.

If you would like to edit one of these, please provide suggestions of
specific word changes you would like to make, with BRIEF comments about
why. The intent is to develop a definition that is easily
understandable
by people NOT deeply involved in Sustainability and Recycling, so should

minimize the use of technical jargon.

Please send comments directly to me at gary@no.address and post them
on
this listserve.

Thanks!

Gary Liss
Coordinator
Zero Waste International Alliance
*************************


Option A
"Zero Waste is a goal that will guide people to re-design our
resource-use
system to emulate natural cyclical processes where no waste exists.
Every
stage of any resource-use process must be so designed as to ensure that
nothing is generated as an output, deliberately or otherwise, that does
not
become a useful input into another process. Any output that is destined
for
land, sea or air should not be a threat to planetary, animal or plant
health."


Option B
"Zero Waste is a philosophy and visionary goal that emulates natural
cycles, where all outputs are simply an input for another process. It
means designing and managing materials and products to conserve and
recover
all resources and not destroy or bury them, and eliminate discharges to
land, water or air that do not contribute productively to natural
systems
or the economy."

Gary Liss
Gary Liss & Associates
4395 Gold Trail Way
Loomis, CA 95650-8929
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
gary@no.address
www.garyliss.com





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