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Towards Zero Waste Newburyport


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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 expanded their recycling, reduction and reuse.

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Towards Zero Waste Newburyport

  1. 1. 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?
  2. 2. How this came about…• San Francisco• Austin• Hammarby Sjostad• Numerous Swedish towns of our sizeMy year of Zero Waste
  3. 3. Since January 1, 2011
  4. 4. How does it work?Organics TerracycleFreecycle/FacebookBulky/HardTextiles/ShoesNEW! Filmplastics!
  5. 5. Composting –• Backyard• Indoor• Curbside pick up- ideally, municipal facility (EPA)
  6. 6. •tortilla chip bags•pretzel bags•pita chip bagsCHIP BAGS•bagel chip bags•soy crisp bags•salty snack bags
  7. 7. •pens•pen caps•mechanical pencils•markers•marker capsWriting Instruments•highlighters•highlighter caps•permanent markers•permanent markers caps
  8. 8. •ANY BRANDCandy Wrappers•ANY SIZE *GUM wrappersseparate!
  9. 9. •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
  10. 10. •ANY BRANDCheese Packaging•ANY SIZE•Singles packages and individual wraps•All flexible cheese wrappers•Shredded cheeses•String cheese•Grated cheeses
  11. 11. •ANY BRANDOral Care•ANY SIZE•Toothpaste tubes and caps•Tooth brushes•Floss containers
  12. 12. •ANY BRANDCookie Packaging•ANY SIZE•Cookie wrappers•Cookie bags•Inner plastic trays
  13. 13. Plastic Cards•Expired credit cards•Used gift cards•Hotel room “keys”
  14. 14. CDs and DVDs•Must be out of case!
  15. 15. CD jewel cases•CD/DVD disk must be taken out!•All paper and labels must be removed
  16. 16. VHS &Cassette Tapes
  17. 17. Floppy DisksAll sizes and formats!
  18. 18. Cereal Bags•ANY brand or type
  19. 19. Cleaner PackagingANY brand or type•Pumps, Triggers, Pouches and anyother flexible cleaner productpackaging
  20. 20. CORKSANY type –synthetic and corkstops, too!
  21. 21. Energy BarsANY brand or type•foil lined:• energy bar wrappers• granola bar wrappers• meal replacement bar wrappers• protein bar wrappers• diet bar wrappers
  22. 22. TapeANY brand or typeplastic tape dispensers and cores
  23. 23. Drink PouchesAny brand of:•aluminum drink pouches•plastic drink pouches
  24. 24. KEYS
  25. 25. Coffee bags
  26. 26. Reuse/Repurpose
  27. 27. On-Line Education and Opportunities
  28. 28. 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,
  29. 29. Film Plastics – Lou’s!
  30. 30. Other:• Mattress flow chart• Donation List• Books• EcoSmith (donation list first!)• New streams– Styrofoam– Bulky plastics
  31. 31. Is it Worth It?YES!!!!
  32. 32. Newburyport, Salisbury and Plum Island1. Materials Management = Resource Management
  33. 33. 2. Increases Awareness
  34. 34. On-Line Education and Opportunities
  35. 35. 3. CompostingOur pilot shows between 50-80% reduction in waste just throughcomposting. That translate to an average of 65% reduction in disposalcosts.
  36. 36. 4. TextilesIncreased awareness around all wasteSchools receive all funds generated from Eco Smith collectionMiddle School collected 1000 pounds in 2 weeks.
  37. 37. Newburyport Rubbish To Runway Fashion ShowCreative ways to educate about textile and waste re-use and recycling
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. The Future