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Fwd: Re: New Zealand 1st to Adopt Zero Waste



It is my understanding that the New Zealand program, like the one in Australia, is aimed at solid waste reduction, not hazardous waste reduction.  And it keeps solid wastes from going into the landfill with much emphasis on recycling, although some source reduction is worked in.  The problem with these programs often lies in the recyclers, who think you are trying to eliminate their jobs when you reduce the volume of waste they are recycling.

Bob Pojasek

Take a look at the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984.  In it, Congress established a goal of eliminating the production of hazardous waste as well as a hierarchy of how what HW is produced is managed!
 
Ralph E. Cooper, Ph.D.
Subject: Fwd: New Zealand 1st to Adopt Zero Waste

Apologies for Cross-Postings

From: "Sunshine Yates" <sunshine@zerowaste.co.nz>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 09:47:03 +1300
NEW ZEALAND FIRST COUNTRY TO ADOPT ZERO WASTE
On March 1st New Zealand became the first country in the world to adopt a
national vision of zero waste. The new strategy, subtitled - 'Towards zero
waste and a sustainable New Zealand' recognises the groundswell of public support that has grown for the adoption of Zero Waste as a national goal over the last few years. With nearly 50% of councils committed to zero
waste and numerous community groups, businesses and schools working in their communities to achieve it, the grassroots message to Government was quite clear. The strategy document doesn't say how we'll reach zero, but it is a good starting point and much needed support for all those who have been working for change over the last 10-12 years.

For more information on the strategy visit the Ministry for the
Environment's website http://www.mfe.govt.nz/new/index.htm

Julie Dickinson
Manager
Zero Waste New Zealand Trust

Bob

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