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[GreenYes] Re: A new model for waste monitoring?



Hello Bruce,

I am writing from British Columbia (Canada) in response to your query about
waste monitoring. I would like to mention a different approach to waste
monitoring which is being explored by some progressive local governments in
BC. Their approach is intended to provide insight into opportunities for
Extended Producer Responsibility for waste. I am copying Raymond Gaudart on
this message with the thought he might follow up with you and provide more
information.

Helen Spiegelman
Vancouver, BC


At 03:05 PM 7/21/2006, Bruce Middleton wrote:

>My organisation is assisting the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment
>with trialing a new model for waste monitoring in order that the Ministry
>can better monitor progress towards national waste targets and assess the
>effects of policy changes.
>We are looking at the concept of long-term monitoring of what we have dubbed
>"indicator waste catchments", which are equivalent to the American "waste
>sheds".
>A "waste catchment" is a discrete geographical area in which all of the
>waste that is generated is also disposed of. That is, there is no waste
>coming into, or going out of, the catchment. We are hoping that by
>monitoring the total waste stream being disposed of in a several catchments,
>we can
>eliminate all of the uncertainties that arise by monitoring either
>individual disposal facilities or on a larger scale, such as by county or
>state.
>Can anyone tell me if this idea has been pursued elsewhere, or is currently
>being used?
>Thanks.
>Bruce Middleton
>Waste Not Consulting
>PO Box 78 372
>Grey Lynn Auckland
>New Zealand
>Ph: 64 09 360 5188
>
>
>
>


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