This Small Japanese Town is Modeling Zero Waste for the World

Read the full story at Shareable.

What would a Zero Waste world look like and how do we get there?

One small Japanese town is showing the world that Zero Waste begins with a community-wide commitment to reduce waste.

Kamikatsu, a town of 1,700, wants to become the country’s first Zero Waste community by 2020. At this point, it’s well on its way, recycling 80 percent of its waste, with the remaining 20 percent going to a landfill.

The town has no garbage trucks, so residents bring their recyclables and waste to a facility where they separate them into 34 different categories including paper, plastics, bottles, caps and much more. When possible, items are repurposed, upcycled or shared. There’s even a factory where goods, such as old clothing, are made into new teddy bears, bags and new clothing.

Small companies save big with tech advice

Read the full post at the ISTC Blog.

A model program to provide technical assistance services to underserved rural areas of Illinois has generated $24 million in savings of energy, water, and waste over its first eight years.

Webinar: Disaster Preparation through Pollution Prevention

Wed, Jun 7, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5932990414509054467

Could your business cope with a major flood, snowstorm, or power failure? Do you use hazardous chemicals? Surveys show that many businesses have not prepared for disasters by taking precautions such as emergency planning, having adequate insurance, & arranging for emergency power.

This webinar for Massachusetts businesses will show you how to manage hazardous chemicals safely so that they are not at risk of release during a flood or other natural disaster. Registrants will receive a presentation with links to on-line resources.

Learn how to:

  • Use online maps to quickly find out if you are in a floodprone area, 
  • Assess your flood risk & elevation onsite,
  • Reduce risk & save money by switching to less hazardous chemicals & using energy more efficiently,
  • Comply with regulations for managing hazardous wastes & materials, and
  • Find financing & technical assistance.

 

Triple Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable conference presentations now available

Did you miss the Triple Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable in Minneapolis last week? If so, you’ll want to check out the presentation slides and other resources, which are now available on the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable web site.

The conference featured Pollution Prevention 101 training, workshops on client engagement and materials substitution, and a hands-on technical tools session.

Job opening: Hazardous Waste and Pollution Prevention Specialist, Las Vegas, NV

The Nevada Business Environmental Program (BEP), part of the Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC), based in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is seeking a Hazardous Waste Pollution Prevention Specialist. The Specialist will provide hazardous waste regulatory compliance and pollution prevention technical assistance to Nevada small and medium sized businesses through phone and email assistance, providing on-site assessments, developing and presenting training seminars, and developing informational materials for distribution to businesses.

This position will be located in the Las Vegas office of BEP. The position supports the University’s statewide community outreach efforts and NSBDC’s mission to serve small businesses throughout Nevada. Assistance provided by the position helps improve the economic competitiveness of Nevada businesses by reducing environmental impacts, improving business efficiencies, and improving compliance with hazardous waste regulations.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience in environmental management or with an environmental regulatory agency.
  • Must apply for and qualify for Nevada Certification as a Certified Environmental Manager or Hazardous Waste Management Specialist within specified time period

View the full announcement at https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/21437.

Spurring Innovation Through Zero Waste: A Q&A with Lawrence Black

Read the full interview in Environmental Leader.

Lawrence Black sees the circular economy finally moving from theory and high-level strategy to practical applications in design, engineering, and marketing. He has a clear view of these changes as senior advisor to the Waste Management-McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaborative, a partnership formed in 2013 to improve the recyclability of packaging and products.

Black, who also advises Fortune 200 companies on how to create waste and recycling strategies, will be discussing the business case for circular economies at the 2017 Environmental Leader Conference in June. We caught up with him to get his perspective on how this tool can be a driver for innovation.

First Steps for Corporate Zero Waste

Read the full story from Triple Pundit.

Despite regional pressures on municipal landfills, the U.S. still has plenty of space in which to dispose of its garbage. The waste management industry is quick to dispel the concept of the disappearing landfill as a myth, and the costs of solid waste disposal are, at worst, increasing at a modest rate year-to-year.

Nevertheless, Americans generate a lot of garbage. One estimate suggests that if all the garbage collected in the U.S. over one year was dumped in a pit 400 feet deep, that hole would consume 1,000 acres of land.

At a time when companies are trying to cut costs wherever they can — and prove to their stakeholders that they are a lean, responsible or environmentally-conscious organization — tackling waste is one place to start. So it make sense that more companies are striving to go zero waste to landfill (ZWTLF), or as close to it as possible.