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[greenyes] what is Zero Waste?

There was a healthy dialog on the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) listserve about a definition of Zero Waste, which I have NOT compiled. If anyone would like the comments after that discussion, I compiled those comments for the ZWIA Standards Subcommittee to review, and would be happy to forward to you for your information.

The latest draft definition that's being discussed now by the ZWIA Planning Group is:
"Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all outputs are inputs for other processes."

At 12:54 PM 10/20/2004, you wrote:
Hi all,
Gary told me about the conversation. Can someone send me the old e-mails,
or some kind of digest on this subject? When I started this center we had a
lot of discussions. I am making a three year plan, and promotional
materials, and could use the insight of this group on the promotion of zero
waste...the wording, how to explain it to people of various backgrounds and
of course what the #%$## it is :-)

Thomas Vinson-Peng
Southwest Network for Zero Waste
University of Texas
10100 Burnet Rd. CEER-R 7100
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: 512/232-7149
Fax: 512/471-1720
tvinson@no.address <mailto:tvinson@no.address>

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-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Lombardi [mailto:eric@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 12:54 PM
To: greenyes@no.address
Subject: [greenyes] what is ZW?

Hi all,

I just pulled this off the website of Earthlife Africa . and it's great! <>

"Much of the challenge then and still continuing is the perception that
Zero Waste is a goal. If Zero Waste is not a goal, what then is it?
Zero Waste is a process - a way of thinking that seeks to change how
society manages its natural resources and products by eliminating the
use of toxic substances at production while reclaiming those materials
that can be recycled, reused or composted. To achieve these objectives
Zero Waste promotes the use of non-toxic alternatives by influencing
changes in industrial processes and products through supportive policies
and legislation that may include incentives for the reduction,
recycling, reuse and composting of reclaimed materials."

Eric Lombardi
Executive Director
Eco-Cycle, Inc
Boulder, CO

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485

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