National Zero Waste Action Conference 2012

Building Zero Waste Communities: Tools to Take Home
Rockford, IL – June 3, 2012
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Held in conjunction with the Illinois Recycling and Resource Management Annual Conference

8:45 – 10:15 Zero Waste Around the U.S: Reports from Zero Waste Communities

  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Logan County, OH
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boulder, CO

 10:45 – 12:15 Essential Elements of Zero Waste

  • Zero Waste Brand, Recognition and Certification of Zero Waste Businesses, Communities & Professionals
  • Producer Responsibility and Product Redesign
  • End landfilling and incineration
  • Building the Infrastructure Beyond Recycling
  • New Rules and Economics: Policies to Incentivize Zero Waste

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 Organizing for Zero Waste in Your Community

  • Lynne Pledger, Sierra Club Zero Waste Team, “How to Organize for Zero Waste”
  • Portia Sinnott, Zero Waste Brain Trust, “E-Guide and Tools for Getting to Zero Waste”
  • Paul Schultz, Dubuque, IA, “Organizing for High Waste Diversion”

1:45 – 3:30 Zero Waste in Action

  • Zero Waste Plans for Communities
  • Zero Waste Businesses
  • Product Bans:  Updates on Plastic Bag bans and Styrofoam Container bans
  • Focusing first on Reduce and Reuse
  • Resource Recovery Parks

3:30 – 3:45 Break

3:45 – 5:15 Tools for Moving to Zero Waste

  • Resources for Zero Waste Communities
  • Tools for Zero Waste & Climate Change
  • Zero Waste, Economic Development and Green Jobs
  • Facility Fighting- Stopping Landfills and Incinerators
  • Procurement as a Tool for Zero Waste and EPR

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