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Christin Walth GCC 2015

  1. 1. Massachusetts Green Careers Conference Zero Waste Christin Walth – Toward Zero Waste Communities Grant Berman - Dirty Boys Composting
  2. 2. Massachusetts Green Careers Conference Zero Waste Christin Walth TowardZeroWasteCommunities@outlook.com
  3. 3. Why me? Created a consulting and advocacy career around Zero Waste Advise communities and residents on moving toward zero waste for economic and environmental benefits
  4. 4. How it started… • How • Sweden • Diet or buy new pants • 1 hour/day – • 7 years, international expert • Living Zero Waste
  5. 5. How it started… Real impact – Toward Zero Waste Newburyport pilot 1. Findings – 4 points 1. Organics 2. Education 3. Non-traditional streams 4. Pay As You Throw • Public policy vs. personal responsibility and conviction 2. Deliverables – database, donations, new streams , how to guide
  6. 6. Community Activist leads to Project Manager • Pay As You Throw • Education workshops and resources • Organics pilot • Non-traditional waste streams
  7. 7. Organizing this talk – following Zero Waste • Refuse • Reduce • Reuse • Repair • Repurpose • Recycle/Rot Community Waste Diversion - Waste reduction consultant/advocate
  8. 8. REFUSE • Product bans • Straws • Plastic bags • EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility
  9. 9. REDUCE - Pay As You Throw • Research and report the benefits • WasteZero • Speak to local groups • Lobby local pols • Bring to vote • Endear yourself to vendor and city/town hall as point person!
  10. 10. Create Waste Prevention Workshop • Week 1 – Refuse/Reduce • Toothpaste • Items with too much packaging – B & J • Week 2 – Reuse/Repurpose • Donations • Freecycle/curb alert • Week 3 – Recycle – • bin • All that you can, none that you shouldn’t • Beyond the bin • Week 4 - composting
  11. 11. • Refuse • Reduce • Reuse • Repair • Repurpose • Recycle/Rot
  12. 12. REUSE • Start a curb alert – and a ebay business! • Free store (Ithaca, NY)
  13. 13. REUSE • Make Reuse Your Career and a Daily Habit Too • Reuse Institute • Reuse Alliance • Reuse Marketplace • EXTRAS for Creative Reuse • repurposedMATERIALS • Boston Building Resources • Location, location, location
  14. 14. Learn to REPAIR! • Small appliances • Fans • Toasters • Coffee makers • Mending • Shoe repair
  15. 15. REPURPOSE • Crayon Initiative • Scribbles • Candles • repurposedMATERIALS • Drying rack
  16. 16. RECYCLE / ROT • Hauling! • Styrofoam • Mattress • Bulk items • Rubicon = Uber of trash hauling • ORGANICS • Compost/food waste • Workshop 19 October: Food for People, Food for Soil
  17. 17. Top of interest materials • Organics • Mattresses • Carpets • Bulk plastics • Paints • Textiles
  18. 18. Toward Zero Waste your community Project Manager! • Use our template to research and customize for your community • Create documents, webpage, facebook and other resources • Conduct workshops • Launch pilots
  19. 19. Funding your Zero Waste startup • DEP • Tom’s of Maine • Keep America Beautiful • New England Grassroots Environmental Fund • Closed Loop Foundation • Local grants • Waste Management • Projects with schools
  20. 20. Learn more: • LIKE – Toward Zero Waste Newburyport • Keep an eye on the source of articles and join the listservs! • LIKE - Newburyport Curbside Organics Collection Pilot • LIKE – WasteZero • Visit - TowardZeroWaste.wordpress.com/ • Visit – WasteZero.com
  21. 21. Operations Director – FoodLink Arlington • http://www.idealist.org/view/job/x8xXjxnTzwmD/

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