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[GreenYes] Stats of Zero Waste Communities?


No.  The only compilation of ZW Communities is the ZWIA list of communities that have adopted ZW as a goal.  It would be a great service if someone would like to compile stats as you suggest for all those communities. This sounds like a great idea for a grant proposal for someone to provide this service on a regular basis.

BTW, the CIWMB does have data on communities reporting over 70% diversion in CA (see attached), and there are reports of similar diversion success in the Philippines and Italy.

Also, Zero Waste Business success should not be so cavalierly dismissed.  It DOES get across the idea that Zero Waste or darn close is not only possible, but has already been achieved.  Over 2,800 businesses in Japan have adopted Zero Waste as a goal, and 99% of them have achieved Zero to landfill already.  That's hard to argue with.

Gary Liss

At 12:21 PM 6/17/2008, Marjorie J. Clarke, Ph.D. wrote:
At 03:04 PM 6/17/2008, Gary Liss wrote:

of Zero Waste in all of our proposals, publications and talks.  We can also highlight that the measurement of success for Zero Waste may be achieving 90% waste diversion from landfills AND incinerators, as provided for in the ZWIA Zero Waste Business Principles
( Anything less than 90% diversion from landfills and incinerators is NOT Zero Waste.

I was just trying to pitch a research idea involving the reuse sector, as part of my job, to someone who made his fortune in recycling, and I was asked, so where has zero waste been achieved?  (I did mention the zero waste businesses, but he was looking for communities.)   Is there a website that keeps accurate, current tabs on the stats of the best zero waste communities?  (i.e., stats on diversion for composting, recycling, reuse, generation rate reduction over a base rate, etc?)  It could just be a small online spreadsheet.

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Maggie Clarke, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist, Educator
New York City

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