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Fwd: [GreenYes] Success at the Earth Summit Global Forum, 70-80% waste reduction
- Subject: Fwd: [GreenYes] Success at the Earth Summit Global Forum, 70-80% waste reduction
- From: Gary Liss <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 17:05:03 -0700
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Apologies for Cross-Postings
From: "Monica Wilson"
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 16:39:47 -0700
Success at the World Summit on Sustainable Development:
Project at the Summitís Global Forum
Figures show 70-80% Waste Reduction
Zero Waste philosophy performs 300% to
400% better than WSSD average
Contact: Muna Lakhani, Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg, (mobile)
Ann Leonard, GAIA, USA, (office) +1-510-524-4000,
Gary Liss, Consultant, USA, (office) +1-916-652-7850,
For Immediate Release
Johannesburg, South Africa, Sept. 11, 2002 -- One of the clear
stories of the recently ended World Summit on Sustainable Development is
the Zero Waste project at the Global Forum in Johannesburg. The
Earthlife Africa (ELA) Zero Waste project, with support from the Global
Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), far outperformed all the
other summit venues with regard to minimisation and diversion of
waste. Although preliminary figures show a diversion of between 70%
and 80% at the Global Forum, whatever the final figure, it will be far in
excess of the total for the entire Summit - which is around the 25%
"This not only dramatically shows the merits of Zero Waste as
organizing principle, it shows that NGO's are also capable and
competent agents of delivering innovative environmental
says Muna Lakhani project co-ordinator from ELA Johannesburg.
"This innovative system has proven that, with comparatively
resources, but with a good plan and a dedicated team, large
diversions of waste from landfills and incinerators can take
The Zero Waste project at the Global Forum began by attempting to
design as much waste out of the system to start with, (particularly
plastics, with a focus on PVC and polystyrene) and then put into
educational information systems; emission-free waste collection (on
specially designed tricycles); and deployed an enthusiastic team of
workers within the system. Under normal conditions at Nasrec,
waste system that the Zero Waste team re-designed, would only have
created about 6 jobs for the duration, and no permanent employment.
Zero Waste systems create employment: the Zero Waste system at
the Global Forum created 90 part time jobs, and will leave behind
ongoing local benefit of about 40 and support for 10 existing full
jobs. All these jobs are for Black South Africans. Some attempts
design waste out of the system were not wholly successful, as water
was still sold in PET (plastics) bottles, and lids and straws were
used, despite Coke's initial agreement not to use these products.
Some Government departments and organisations "imported"
unsustainable waste, mainly in the form of polystyrene containers. It
estimated that between 8% and 12% of the total waste stream was
"imported", leading to a lower figure than would have been
Reducing hazardous wastes is a vital part of Zero Waste Systems.
The minimising of the use of toxic chemicals, by analysing the
products normally used, and designing alternatives that are orders
magnitude less toxic, also contributed to the programís success.
Already, many businesses, government departments (especially local
government) and community groups have shown a keen interest in
actively promoting the Zero Waste concept to reduce waste.
Whatever success the World Summit may be overall, the Zero Waste
projectís achievement of 70% to 80% waste reduction at the Earth
Summitís Global Forum shines out like a beacon in the dark, and
shows that truly sustainable development is possible.
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