The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time

The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time


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Waste is something we all make every day but often pay little attention to.  That's changing, and model programs around the globe show the many different ways a community can strive for, and achieve, zero-waste status.

Scientist-turned-activist Paul Connett, a leading international figure in decades-long battles to fight pollution, has championed efforts to curtail overconsumption and keep industrial toxins out of our air and drinking water and bodies. But he’s best known around the world for leading efforts to help communities deal with their waste in sustainable ways—in other words, to eliminate and reuse waste rather than burn it or stow it away in landfills.

In The Zero Waste Solution, Connett profiles the most successful zero-waste initiatives around the world, showing activists, planners, and entrepreneurs how to re-envision their community’s waste-handling process—by consuming less, turning organic waste into compost, recycling, reusing other waste,  demanding nonwasteful product design, and creating jobs and bringing community members together in the process. The book also exposes the greenwashing behind renewed efforts to promote waste incinerators as safe, nontoxic energy suppliers, and gives detailed information on how communities can battle incineration projects that, even at their best, emit dangerous particles into the atmosphere, many of which remain unregulated or poorly regulated.

An important toolkit for anyone interested in creating sustainable communities, generating secure local jobs, and keeping toxic alternatives at bay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603584890
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,263,355
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Paul Connett, a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St. Lawrence University, has given more than 2,000 presentations in forty-nine states and fifty-two countries on the issue of waste management. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He lives in Canton, New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Part 1 Zero Waste Philosophy, Practicalities, Obstacles, and History 1

1 The Big Picture 3

2 Ten Steps Toward a Zero Waste Community 15

3 A Brief History of the Anti-Incineration Movement 42

4 Incineration: The Biggest Obstacle to Zero Waste 63

5 The Early History of Zero Waste 82

Part 2 Zero Waste Initiatives Around the World 89

6 The United States 91

7 Italy 106

8 Australia and New Zealand 130

9 Canada 136

10 Beyond Italy: Other Initiatives in Europe 155

11 India, Japan, the Philippines, and Taiwan 182

12 Bahrain, Egypt, and Lebanon 193

13 South America 203

Part 3 Different Perspectives on Zero Waste 211

14 Zero Waste and the Local Economy Neil Seldman 213

15 Waste Isn't Waste Until It's Wasted Daniel Knapp Mary Lou Van Deventer 218

16 Waste Is a Social Issue First, a Market Issue Second Eric Lombardi 231

17 Gibsons Resource Recovery Center: Zero Waste from the Bottom Up Buddy Boyd 239

18 Multimaterial Curbside Recycling and Producer Responsibility Helen Spiegelman 245

19 Producer Responsibility, the Cornerstone of Zero Waste: Trends in the United States Bill Sheehan 253

20 Together at Last: Extended Producer Responsibility and Total Recycling Daniel Knapp 258

21 The Economics of Zero Waste Jeffrey Morris 264

22 Businesses Are Leading the Way to Zero Waste Gary Liss 272

23 The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA): A Chronology Richard Anthony 278

24 Response to the Ten Different Views of Zero Waste 283

25 Conclusion: The Fightback for the Future 287

Appendix A Sample Questions for Incinerator Hearings 293

Appendix B A Chronology of Zero Waste and Related Events 301

Notes 313

Resources 349

Index 359

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