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

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Oct 9, 2013 - Technology & Engineering - 400 pages

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.

 

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This is both a handbook for and history of the zero waste movement worldwide. Connett (retired, environmental chemistry, St. Lawrence Univ.) became involved in the movement in 1985 when an incinerator ... Read full review

Contents

Ten Steps Toward a Zero Waste Community
15
A Brief History of the AntiIncineration Movement
42
The Biggest Obstacle to Zero Waste
63
The Early History of Zero Waste
82
Zero Waste Initiatives Around the World
89
Italy
102
Canada
136
12
144
The Economics of Zero Waste byJeffrey Morris
264
Businesses Are Leading the Way to Zero Waste by Gary Liss
272
The Fightback for the Future
287
Sample Questions for Incinerator Hearings
293
A Chronology of Zero Waste
301
Notes
313
42
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82
326

Different Perspectives on Zero Waste
211
Waste Isnt Waste Until Its Wasted by Daniel Knapp
218
Waste Is a Social Issue First a Market
231
Zero Waste from
239
Multimaterial Curbside Recycling and Producer
245
Extended Producer Responsibility
258

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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.

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