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Waste (Not)

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Motivations to prevent waste.

Motivations to prevent waste.

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    • Waste (not)
    • Reduce * Responsible Consumption * Voluntary Simplicity *
      • Junk Mail
        • Close to 50% is thrown away unopened
        • 38.5 billion gallons of water and 100 million trees are used for the paper processing
        • $370,000,000 paid by Americans to dispose of mail not recycled
      • Packaging
        • Accounts for ~1/3 of all garbage in landfills
        • US resources used: 75% glass, 50% paper, 40% aluminum, 30% plastic
        • Buy Bulk, Less/Recycled Packaging
      • Buy Durable / Concentrate
      • Disposables
        • Cups, plastic bags, napkins, togo containers, wrapping paper
    • Reuse * Repair * Buy Used * Re-purpose *
      • Cups, bags, cloth napkins, plastic containers, wrapping paper
      • Clothes  Donate, Buy
      • Household items
        • Craig’s List
        • Re-use yards
      • Gifts
        • Reuse items
      • Food Scraps
        • Compost
    • Recycle * Curbside * Drop-Off *
      • Curbside
        • Single Stream
          • Waste Management
            • Recycle America
            • Denver Recycles
          • Altogether Recycling
            • Alpine, Waste Connections of Colorado
            • Pro-Disposal, Haulaway
        • Eagle: single bin, single stream?
      • Drop-Off sites
        • Hard to recycle
        • Motor Oil, Print Cartridges, Tires
      • Buy products made from recycled materials
    • Know Your Waste
      • What is the average US amount of waste-per-person per day? a) 2.2 lbs   b) 4.3 lbs  c) 5.5 lbs d) 1.5 lbs.
      • How does the Colorado waste per person average compare?
      •   a) more b) less
      • What percentage of waste can be recycled?
      • a) 40% b) 50% c) 70% d) 85%
      • What percentage (approximate) of waste is recycled? 
      • a) 30%  b) 40% c) 20% d) 50%
      • Which item has the highest rate of recycling?
      • a) batteries b) steel cans c) paper & paper board
      • d) aluminum cans e) glass
      • Increasing our recycling rate 5% would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by how many million tons of carbon equivalent?
      • a) 1 b) 2 c) 5 d) 10
      • Cutting our waste to 1990 levels would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by how many million tons carbon equivalent?
      • a) 6 b) 10 c) 12 d) 18
      • Note: 4.6 million households produce roughly 10 million tons of carbon equivalent thru electricity consumption (EPA)
    • Know Your Waste
      • What is the average US amount of waste per person per day? a) 2.2 lbs  b) 4.3 lbs   c) 5.5 lbs d) 1.5 lbs
      • How does the Colorado waste-per-person-average compare?
      •   a) more b) less
      • What percentage of waste can be recycled?
      • a) 40% b) 50% c) 70% d) 85%
      • What percentage (approximate) of waste is recycled? 
      • a) 30%   b) 40% c) 20% d) 50%
      • Which item has the highest rate of recycling?
      • a) batteries 99% b) steel cans 62% c) paper 55% (over
      • 40% of landfill) d) aluminum cans 44% e) glass 24%
      • Increasing our recycling rate 5% would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by how many million tons of carbon equivalent?
      • a) 1 b) 2 c) 5 d) 10
      • Cutting our waste to 1990 levels would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by how many million tons carbon equivalent?
      • a) 6 b) 10 c) 12 d) 18
      • Note: Roughly 4.6 million households produce 10 million tons of carbon equivalent thru electricity consumption (EPA)
    • Motivations to Reduce Consumption / Waste
      • Deforestation, air quality, health and safety hazards of mineral extraction, land overuse, water requirements for product creation
      • World population will continue to increase
        • Housing will increase (further deforestation)
        • China & India will increase energy usage (further carbon emission increases)
      • Already, it would require resources equivalent to 4 Earths if everyone consumed to the level of US Americans.
    • Good News
      • Recycling rates are twice those of 1990.
      • Nationally, we recycled 82 million tons of municipal solid waste. This provides an annual benefit of 49.7 million metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions reduced, comparable to removing 39.4 million passenger cars from the road each year. But the ultimate benefits from recycling are cleaner land, air, and water, and overall better health.
      • Altogether Recycling Data
      • Last Month Year-to-date
      • Landfill space saved (cubic yards) 8,222 81,729
      • Gallons of gasoline conserved 55,122 547,902
      • KWH electricity conserved 9,746,414 96,878,205
      • Trees Conserved 39,044 388,097
      • Gallons of water conserved 16,077,128 159,804,750
      • Gallons of oil conserved 1,063,387 10,569,943
    • Interesting Innovation
      • Through a Waste Management / City of Denver / XCEL Energy cooperative, a methane-to-energy plant at Arapahoe landfill site was built.
      • Instead of burning off the methane with flares, methane will be used to generate energy for 3000 homes.
    • What can we do?
      • Average is 4.3 lbs. per person/day
      • An example trash container of waste weighs 15-20 pounds
      • What is a reasonable goal? Is there more you can do?
      • Green Team Audit CO2 Emissions Estimates
      • for Savings from Recycling for 2/4 people
      • Number in house x 1,018* = 2036 / 4072
      • - newspaper recycled N x 184 = 368 / 736
      • - glass recycled N x 26 = 52 / 104
      • - plastic recycled N x 47 = 94 / 188
      • - metal cans recycled N x 166 = 332 / 664
      • Yearly emissions for 2: 1190 lbs (846 saved)
      • Yearly emissions for 4: 2380 lbs. (1692 saved)
      • * Based on national average
    • Summary
      • Overall objectives of waste reduction:
        • Living lightly on the Earth
        • Saving resources and money
      • Rethink! Now is the time for Elegant Simplicity
      • Questions?
      Thank you for Coming