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1 Organizing For ZW In Our Communities GRRN ZW Action Conference Portia M. Sinnott July 30, 2011

2 My Communities Sonoma County, CA and Lake County, CA Bay Area, California, EPA Region 9, US North America and EU North/Developed, South/Less Developed The Earth Parent, Live in Cohousing Activist, Voter For Profit, Business Owner Non-profit, Environmental Activist …

3 The Zero Waste Brain Trust The Zero Brain Trust is an informal coalition of resource management professionals and other parties committed to the transition to a world without waste. Starting in California, we are creating a world- wide collaborative network that supports the development of systems that work well for all stakeholders.

4 Who Is The Brain Trust? Core Team - varies by project and event Advisory Board You: The folks that step up to participate in one way or another including the: Document Review Team Blog: Elist:

5 ZWBT Advisory Board Organizations listed for reference only. Annette Puskarich, SoGo Ventures Arthur Robinson Boone, Total Recycling Associates Gary Liss, Gary Liss and Associates John Moore, Henn, Etzel and Moore, Inc. Kevin Drew & Donald Oliveira, City of San Francisco Linda Christopher, GrassRoots Recycling Network Mary Lou Van Deventer & Dan Knapp, PhD., Urban Ore Portia M. Sinnott, MS+and ZW Sonoma County Richard Anthony, R Anthony Associates /ZW San Diego Ruth Abbe, HDR Engineering, Inc. Skip Lacaze, City of San Jose Stephanie Barger, Earth Resource Foundation Tania Levy, City of Berkeley Tedd Ward, Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Teresa Bradley, Revolutionary Green Solutions Tim Dewey-Mattia, Napa Recycling and Waste Services

6 Sponsors City and County of San Francisco Northern California Recycling Association Global Recycling Council, California Resource Recovery Association Zero Waste Sonoma County Grass Roots Recycling Network Assisted by a research grant from the Altamont Educational Advisory Board

7 ZWBT Related Projects The Zero Waste Brain Trust Summer 2010 Series Networking, Three ZW Contracting Brainstorms, Stakeholder Roundtable, Website and Best Practices - very well received by over 103 participants. NCRA Zero Waste Best Practices Survey: Global Best Practices Research, Outreach and Focus Groups – 2010 and EPA Region 9 Zero Waste Franchise eGuide: Targeted ZW Contracting Research and Outreach, Case Studies, Prioritization, Decision Tree, Contract Language and eGuide.

8 Survey: NCRA Zero Waste Best Practices Survey Funded by NCRA and a grant from the Altamont Educational Advisory Board (EAB), now collecting municipal zero waste contracting information and document links from around the world: Game changing ideas Strategic tweeks to existing systems Links to municipal zero waste pages Document links – goal statements, resolutions, policies, ordinances, strategic plans, work plans, etc More at:

9 Survey: Results To Date WEB RESEARCH - CONFIRMATION REQUESTED 60+ North American municipalities working toward zero waste: X % - Good intentions, not much progress X % - Progress but slow X% - Really moving forward X % - Websites mention “zero waste” X % - Contracts mention “zero waste” X % - Contracts maximize diversion and zero waste concepts regardless of the wording X% -

10 e-Guide: EPA Region 9 ZW Franchise e-Guide Project Members of the ZWBT Team, working under the umbrella of HDR Engineering and Micro Services Plus, are creating an on-line EPA eGuide to help local governments develop service provider agreements that support Zero Waste goals and policies. The 75+ e-Guide will include: Public Private Partnerships(10) Best Contracting Practices (25) Sample Language and Templates Document links – goal statements, resolutions, policies, ordinances, strategic plans, work plans, etc More at:

11 City Revenue Waste Reduction Incentives Legal Test: Prop 218 & 26, CEQA Rates How established, structured, adjusted Billing: (e.g., who bills – hauler or city) Bad debt (e.g., who assumes; disposition [lien process?]) ZW System Design Optimization

12 PARKING LOT!!!

13 ZWIA Definition Zero Waste is an ethical, economical, efficient and visionary goal that guides people to emulate sustainable natural cycles in which all discarded materials become resources for others. Zero Waste means: Designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of materials and waste. Conserving and recovering all resources - not burning or burying. Eliminating all discharges to land, water or air, as they are a threat to our planet and human, animal and plant health. ZWIA – Zero Waste International Alliance,

14 Transition Zero Waste... Landfilling reduced by 90%. Health and safety issues addressed. Costs minimized. Service providers and workers paid fairly Jurisdictions overseeing process - but no longer managing programs.

15 Transition Zero Waste... Residuals sorted into discrete material types utilized as resources that stimulate jobs and economic development. Much of the value, usefulness and embodied energy conserved. Many consumer goods redesigned – for reuse, repair, remanufacture and ultimately composted or recycled. A strong, healthy marketplace evolving in which zero waste is a top priority in all new products.


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