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[GreenYes] Re: Zero Waste Hierarchy of Highest and Best Uses


I am in general agreement with the rank ordering of items. I think
it would be useful to have a background document explaining the basis
for the ordering. For example, what is the difference between
"Landfill in "bioreactor" designed without cost constraints" and WITH
cost constraints? Everything in the real world has costs
constraints... What do we really mean here?

In my own mind, I tend to classify processes as potentially vs not
potentially acceptable. In Delaware, responding to persistent
incineration promotion (originating with the crank Vasuki), there has
been debate and misunderstanding over whether incineration should be
"off the table," vs whether one has to look at it in order to
*appear* objective and reasonable, vs those who consider this a real
option. Does including incineration (of mixed garbage) in a
hierarchy amount to taking sides in this sort of debate? Are some
approaches "not potentially acceptable?"

To offer another (silly) example, a waste management option seriously
considered by some Delaware households, and adopted by some of these,
is to put their wastes in green poly bags and toss them by the side
of the road for someone else (DOT crews and chain gangs) to pick up
or for critters to scatter. For some reason this "option" is never
brought up by waste managers and wonks but it is a live option for
the "customer."


At 05:05 PM 9/27/2006 -0700, Gary Liss wrote:
>Apologies for Cross-Postings
>I've just drafted the attached Zero Waste Hierarchy of Highest and
>Best Use. I've also pasted it into the website of the Zero Waste
>Communities Yahoo Group, at:
> You may
>need to join the Yahoo group to access it. To do so, email
>ZeroWasteCommunities-subscribe@no.address or go to
>This is based on the Environmental Hierarchy of Waste Management &
>Energy Production Methods / Fuels / Technologies, prepared by Mike
>Wall of the Energy Justice Network, 215-743-4884,
> To get his chart, go to:
>This is still in DRAFT form. I'd like you to review and comment on
>it. Please send me your comments directly in either WORD tracking
>tool, or as general email comments.
>I'm particularly interested in hearing if there are major
>issues/practices missing, and if there should be a different order
>provided for any particular item.
>Thanks for your anticipated cooperation!
>Gary Liss
>Fax: 916-652-0485

Alan Muller, Executive Director
Green Delaware
Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
fax (302)836-3005

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