Zero waste

University of Illinois Homecoming goes green with gameday recycling challenge

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

This year’s U. of I. Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is about more than Orange and Blue – it’s also about green. Various campus and community partners are working together to raise awareness and have a positive lasting impact at the inaugural zero-waste football game. Hundreds of volunteers from the Champaign-Urbana community will assist the thousands of spectators in reducing waste…

Leading this cooperative initiative are ISTC; the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; Facilities and Services; and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. To volunteer for the event, sign up at: Organizers hope to have many students involved in making this event a success.

Nationwide, the Game Day Recycling Challenge is a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful, and is supported by EPA’s WasteWise program.

Supporters of the cause are encouraged to like the Fighting Illini Gameday Recycling Challenge Facebook page at

For more information, contact Bart Bartels at

NEWMOA Launches Zero Waste Connection

NEWMOA, GLRPPR’s P2Rx partner, invites you to the Zero Waste Connection, an online community of zero waste practitioners and a clearinghouse to support the work of this community.

What It Is

The Zero Waste Connection is a professional social network of zero waste program managers and staff from the federal, state, and local programs, as well as independent experts. Its goals are to :

  • Promote pollution prevention and sustainability as the preferred methods of achieving zero waste
  • Provide forums for zero waste professionals to share information on program development and implementation
  • Foster innovation in zero waste programs through the exchange of ideas in real time
  • Increase the adoption of zero waste practices among practitioners
  • Increase awareness of zero waste opportunities and resources

Zero Waste Connection focuses on all aspects of zero waste from source reduction, to reuse, to composting, to recycling. Features of the site currently include:

  • Members – identify organizations, companies, and communities that are pursuing zero waste
  • Groups – join a sub-group to connect with other individuals interested in a particular zero waste topic
  • Forums – share your comments and ideas or post questions
  • Events – post announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Sites – find websites of zero waste groups and useful information sources
  • Jobs – post job announcements or search for job openings

The site also includes a resource library.

Join the Network

To join the Network, visit: When setting up your account, you will be prompted to enter your name, email address, and program affiliation to create a profile so that you can access all of the features.  We encourage you to explore the network and to add information and tools, submit comments, join a group, or start a discussion.

For help with joining the Network and setting up your account, view the video tutorial.  For “how to” guidance on using some of the site’s other features, view our online User Guide. We will hold a webinar on November 12th, from 1:00 – 2:00 EST to explain the site’s features and talk about its goals and objectives.


Contact Andy Bray at, 617-367-8558 ext. 306.

What we can learn from Denmark’s near-zero-waste wonder

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

This article first appeared at Ensia.

When we look closely at systems in nature — coral reefs or rainforests, for instance — we see something we don’t often see in human systems: mutually beneficial relationships and energy flows among the various elements, such as air, water, rocks, soil, and plant and animal life. If we emulate these relationships in our cities and in our industrial infrastructure, we can vastly improve the sustainability of natural resources and energy use.

That’s exactly what the municipality of Kalundborg, 64 miles west of Copenhagen, is doing. In fact, for over 50 years, Kalundborg has been home to the first — and still the most advanced — example of this concept: the Kalundborg Symbiosis. Anchored originally by a power and district heating plant, this innovative industrial complex has grown to include some large and profitable enterprises, including the biggest oil refinery in the Baltic Region; an insulin-producing plant with 2,700 employees; factories making enzymes for use in everything from bioenergy to textiles, and gypsum for lightweight building materials; and the largest sewage treatment plant in northern Europe. Heat, water and a host of other resources that would otherwise be treated as waste supply some of the energy and many of the feedstocks to these operations and to the surrounding municipality, including farms.

DuPont and GM’s lessons for closing in on zero waste

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Every time something in your company’s production cycle gets thrown into a trash can and ends up in a landfill, you throw out some money.

A landfill-free strategy is too costly, too challenging, and too hard to implement, you say? Check out how the experts featured in Greenbiz’s recent webcast “Innovative Approaches to Recycling and Waste Reduction” did it.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Achieves Zero Waste

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open has, for the second consecutive year, diverted 100 percent of waste away from landfills amid this year’s record attendance of 563,008 fans.

As part of its Zero Waste Challenge, the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open earned UL Environment’s landfill waste diversion, or Zero Waste to Landfill status, a certification proven through transparent reporting and detailed data.

Defining “Zero” Waste

Read the full post at The Circular File.

The front page of the just-released draft zero waste plan for my home state—Maryland—boldly announces its goal to reduce, reuse and recycle nearly all waste generated in the state by 2040. The draft certainly contains some admirable proposals. Yet, as I read it, I realized that the plan didn’t seem to be able to make up its mind whether it was a waste management plan or a materials management plan. And in those two words—“waste” and “materials”—lies all the difference in the world.