What we do with waste impacts society, the environment and the local economy. Waste is often seen to be a problem, yet in some communities waste is seen as a valuable resource that can be used to create jobs and reduce the environmental impact of disposal facilities and technologies.
Research has shown that reuse, recycling and composting reduces carbon dioxide emissions compared to landfill and incineration and international research shows that more jobs are created in reuse, recycling and composting than in landfill or incineration.
Recent research by NEF looked at the social impact of different professions. Waste recycling workers reduce carbon emissions and for each £1 spent on wages £12 of value will be generated, on the other hand, investment bankers in the City of London destroy £7 of social value for each £1 that they generate.
We can reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs that have social and environmental benefits through Zero Waste programmes. Zero Waste is one of the fastest, cheapest and most effective strategies available for combating climate change. We would like to work with communities to stop incineration, other ‘end-of-pipe’ disposal technologies and bailing out the banks and campaign instead for investment in new green jobs and a zero waste economy for a resilient future.
Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.
Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.
Zero Waste will prevent the pollution of land, water or air that is threatening our planetary, human, animal or plant wellbeing..”
Zero Waste International Alliance (2004) www.zwia.org
Come join us for a day of inspirational talks, discussions & workshops. Exploring the concept philosophy and reality of Zero Waste.
Lively chat & entertainment
Suggested Donation £3
Reasonably priced refreshments and & light lunch available, served to your table.
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9:30 The Story of Stuff Annie Leonard
10:00 – 11:00 Richard Anthony: Zero Waste communities & principles
11:30 – 11:30 Maxine Narburgh & Jim Mclaughlin: An introduction to climate change
Zero Waste & jobs
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee
12:00 – 12:30 Ralph Ryder: The impact of incineration in communities
12:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion Q&A: The road to Zero Waste
13:00—14:00 Lunch – poetry & music
A practical guide to setting up & running a community owned reuse & recycling project this workshop will outline how to set up a community reuse or recycling project, issues, pitfalls to avoid, understanding markets, creating jobs and training opportunities
Developing a campaign for Zero Waste in your community this workshop will help you organise community campaigns for zero waste, looking at successful community initiatives from the UK & around the world.
15:15 Tea Coffee & Chat
Richard Anthony, San Diego, California. Rick has spent more than 30 years in resource recovery and management and is the principal for Richard Anthony Associates, a firm that helps businesses and communities plan for zero waste. He is an advocate and leader in the area of Zero Waste Systems approaches to wasted discards. Rick is also a director of the California Resource Recovery Association, Keep California Beautiful, and the Grassroots Recycling Network and is a founder of the Zero Waste International Alliance.
Jim Mclaughlin is an expert in reuse & recycling community enterprise development, having set up several highly successful projects including Doncaster Refurnish. He is also a Board Director of the Furniture Reuse network & the Community Recycling Network.
Maxine Narburgh runs Bright Green an environmental social enterprise based in Suffolk, she is also a founder member of Zero Waste Europe and a member of Zero waste International Alliance. Maxine works on reuse, recycling and composting projects in the UK and campaigns for Zero Waste.
Ralph Ryder is coordinator of the national network Communities Against Toxics and a founder member of the Chartist, the International Persistent Organic Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN. Europe) and Health Care Without Harm (Europe). He is also the Western Europe Regional Node for the Global Anti-Incineration Alliance/Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives (GAIA)