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

According to their Executive Summary their strategy is aimed at "waste
minimisation with specific targets for organic, special and construction
/demolition wastes as well as hazardous wastes targeting in particular
contaminated sites, organochlorines and trade wastes".
D. MacCormac - FDEP- P2 - Orlando,Florida
-----Original Message----- 
From: Robert Pojasek [mailto:rpojasek@sprynet.com] 
Sent: Mon 11-Mar-02 12:22 PM 
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net 
Subject: 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"
				Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 09:47:03 +1300

			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 <http://www.mfe.govt.nz/new/index.htm> 
			Julie Dickinson 
			Zero Waste New Zealand Trust 


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