Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
A year from now, you'll wish you had started today. ~ Karen Lamb
It's not about the income. It's about the outcome. ~ Rodolphe Destombes
It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree
that will some day give shade to people he may never meet. ~ David Trueblood
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This great book by Paul Palmer (PhD) presents a radical analysis of how our society manages commodities we no longer want to use. The author considers the garbage paradigm and finds it wanting. Even better than the recycling of materials, he advocates the reuse of the highest function of all goods.
Green plastics, or bioplastics, refers to plastic materials and products that are either: Biodegradable, made wholly or partly from biological materials, or both. The market was until recently dominated by biodegradable materials, but bio-based, non-biodegradable plastics have grown in a big way, and now make up about 58 percent of global production capacity. These materials appeal to customers because they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, avoid depleting fossil resources, and reduce landfill volumes. They can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including both disposable and durable goods, and ongoing innovation promises great growth for the industry.
This report considers a pre-processing scenario called Material Recovery, Biological Treatment to emphasize the recovery of recyclable materials in the process.
This PDF by Louis Legal reports on the impacts of incinerating garbage.
The strategy follows 14 basic sequential steps which need to be followed carefully to assure success. It is important to stress that developing Zero Waste is a building process in which one needs to follow basic foundational steps. One should not expect to achieve desired targets if one omits key foundational steps. Thus, one should not expect to develop a successful Zero Waste facility if one merely constructs or designs a facility, without having first carried out a full market assessment to understand and meet the communities needs and expectations.
Forests – threats – by Greenpeace
The Story of Stuff – by Annie Leonard
Wasting and Recycling in the United States 2000 – Brenda Platt & Neil Seldman
Better Living: In pursuit of happiness from Plato to Prozac – Mark Kingwell
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – William McDonough & Michael Branugart
What is Zero Waste – Peter Montague
Getting at the Source: Strategies for Reducing Municipal Solid Waste – World Wildlife Fund
How to Design Total Recycling Systems – Dan Knapp & Mary Lou Van Deventer
Setting the Standard for Recycling Measurement – Hope Pillsbury
Zero Waste Resources – Urban Ore
Communication from the Commission. Towards a thematic strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste – Commission of the European Communities
Great To-Day and Greater Future – Henry Ford & Samuel Crowther