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Municipal Workshop- Reaching Towards Zero Waste: Christin Walth shares how her own personal mission towards zero waste has extended into a community program where the citizens of Newburyport have ...

Municipal Workshop- Reaching Towards Zero Waste: Christin Walth shares how her own personal mission towards zero waste has extended into a community program where the citizens of Newburyport have expanded their recycling, reduction and reuse.



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  • Furniture – Vintage Antiques recycles furniture at Clean Tech
  • The amount of food wasted in the United States is staggering. In 2010, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, more than any other material category but paper. Food waste accounted for almost 14 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream, less than three percent of which was recovered and recycled in 2010. The rest —33 million tons— was thrown away, making food waste the single largest component of MSW reaching landfills and incinerators.Generating food waste has significant economic as well as environmental consequences. Whether you are an individual, family, or business, chances are a considerable portion of your budget goes towards buying food — either for you, your family, or your customers. That means we are throwing away a lot of our money. Often, simple changes in food purchasing, storage and preparation practices can yield significant reductions in food waste generation. Not only will this reduce waste, but it will make your food dollars go further. Food waste cost savings have even greater potential at commercial establishments. Saving food means saving money. Food waste includes uneaten food and food preparation scraps from residences or households, commercial establishments like restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias and industrial sources.
  • Saves money in disposal costs Resources for haulingComposting Average person throws away ~300lb of garbage per …?Single use products are the worst

Towards Zero Waste Newburyport Towards Zero Waste Newburyport Presentation Transcript

  • Presentation Agenda• Why did we undertake this adventure?• How does it work?• What has it meant to the city?• What has worked and what hasn’t?
  • How this came about…• San Francisco• Austin• Hammarby Sjostad• Numerous Swedish towns of our sizeMy year of Zero Waste
  • Since January 1, 2011
  • How does it work?Organics TerracycleFreecycle/FacebookBulky/HardTextiles/ShoesNEW! Filmplastics!
  • Composting –• Backyard• Indoor• Curbside pick up- ideally, municipal facility (EPA)
  • •tortilla chip bags•pretzel bags•pita chip bagsCHIP BAGS•bagel chip bags•soy crisp bags•salty snack bags
  • •pens•pen caps•mechanical pencils•markers•marker capsWriting Instruments•highlighters•highlighter caps•permanent markers•permanent markers caps
  • •ANY BRANDCandy Wrappers•ANY SIZE *GUM wrappersseparate!
  • •mascara tubes•eye shadow cases•shampoo bottles•conditioner•bronzer/foundation•body washPersonal Care & Beauty*Oral care SEPARATE•hand & face soap dispensers•lotion dispensers, bottles, jars•chap stick tubes & lipstick & lip liner•concealer tubes, concealer sticks•hair gel tubes, hair paste jars•eyeliner cases & pencilsANY BRAND
  • •ANY BRANDCheese Packaging•ANY SIZE•Singles packages and individual wraps•All flexible cheese wrappers•Shredded cheeses•String cheese•Grated cheeses
  • •ANY BRANDOral Care•ANY SIZE•Toothpaste tubes and caps•Tooth brushes•Floss containers
  • •ANY BRANDCookie Packaging•ANY SIZE•Cookie wrappers•Cookie bags•Inner plastic trays
  • Plastic Cards•Expired credit cards•Used gift cards•Hotel room “keys”
  • CDs and DVDs•Must be out of case!
  • CD jewel cases•CD/DVD disk must be taken out!•All paper and labels must be removed
  • VHS &Cassette Tapes
  • Floppy DisksAll sizes and formats!
  • Cereal Bags•ANY brand or type
  • Cleaner PackagingANY brand or type•Pumps, Triggers, Pouches and anyother flexible cleaner productpackaging
  • CORKSANY type –synthetic and corkstops, too!
  • Energy BarsANY brand or type•foil lined:• energy bar wrappers• granola bar wrappers• meal replacement bar wrappers• protein bar wrappers• diet bar wrappers
  • TapeANY brand or typeplastic tape dispensers and cores
  • Drink PouchesAny brand of:•aluminum drink pouches•plastic drink pouches
  • KEYS
  • Coffee bags
  • Reuse/Repurpose
  • On-Line Education and Opportunities
  • Film Plastics – Trex (MB and Shaws)PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING IN RETAIL STORES ONLYNEVER PUT PLASTIC BAGS IN YOUR REGULAR MUNICIPAL RECYCLINGBIN, OR PUT RECYCLABLES INSIDE PLASTIC BAGS.YES - DO RECYCLE IN STORESONLY:Only bags that are empty, clean anddry. Remove receipts, coins, andtrash.Grocery bags, produce bagsPlastic newspaper bags (empty)Dry cleaning bags (no receipts/staples)CLEANED, DRY sandwich/ Ziploc bagsand bread bagsAny plastic bag labeled with:, “HDPE,” “PE-HD”, “LDPE,” “PE-LD,” “LLDPE”Retail bags (#2 or 4) with string/ hardplastic handles removedPlastic wrappers from toilet paper,paper towels, diapersBags with sealed air for packaging (aircushion; deflate)Case wrap from cases of waterStretch wrap from furniture orelectronicsNO - DO NOT RECYCLE:NO bag with food in or on itNO garbage bagsNO food or cling wrap (Saran)NO prepackaged food bags (frozenfood or pre-washed salad)NO chip bags or candy wrappersNO cereal bagsNO bubble wrapNO bags with paint or glueNO compostable plastic bagsNO bag with a recycling symbol or# other than those described in the“yes” columnClip this table and hang it over yourplastic bag recycling collection at homeor in the office.For more about plastic bag recycling,
  • Film Plastics – Lou’s!
  • Other:• Mattress flow chart• Donation List• Books• EcoSmith (donation list first!)• New streams– Styrofoam– Bulky plastics
  • Is it Worth It?YES!!!!
  • Newburyport, Salisbury and Plum Island1. Materials Management = Resource Management
  • 2. Increases Awareness
  • On-Line Education and Opportunities
  • 3. CompostingOur pilot shows between 50-80% reduction in waste just throughcomposting. That translate to an average of 65% reduction in disposalcosts.
  • 4. TextilesIncreased awareness around all wasteSchools receive all funds generated from Eco Smith collectionMiddle School collected 1000 pounds in 2 weeks.
  • Newburyport Rubbish To Runway Fashion ShowCreative ways to educate about textile and waste re-use and recycling
  • Successes and Failures• Successes– Education- On-line, events, schools, eco-tours– Composting- Pilot shows 65% average reduction– Textiles- Awareness around all types• Failures– Carpeting- No after market in New England• Challenges– Bulk Items, furniture, mattresses…….– Terracyle-Little reward but fun!!• Key to success– Start with recycling enforcement– Education and communication– Buy-in from the top
  • The Future