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Re: [ZWIA] Draft ZWIA Zero Waste definition

Dear all!

We would like you to inform you about a special issue of the Journal on
Production about Zero Waste. Although the first deadline is over, we would
welcome excellent contributions!

Hans Schnitzer

Zitat von Gary Liss <gary@garyliss.com>:

Apologies for Cross-Postings

The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) has been having a great
discussion on its listserve to develop a definition of "Zero Waste" to post
on ZWIA's website.

We would like to engage all of you who would like to contribute to that
discussion.  The following are 2 definitions that have been proposed.  We
would like your input on which of these definitions should be adopted, or
suggestions for additional edits, or alternate definitions.

If you would like to edit one of these, please provide suggestions of
specific word changes you would like to make, with BRIEF comments about
why.  The intent is to develop a definition that is easily understandable
by people NOT deeply involved in Sustainability and Recycling, so should
minimize the use of technical jargon.

Please send comments directly to me at gary@garyliss.com and post them on
this listserve.


Gary Liss
Zero Waste International Alliance
Option A
"Zero Waste is a goal that will guide people to re-design our resource-use
system to emulate natural cyclical processes where no waste exists. Every
stage of any resource-use process must be so designed as to ensure that
nothing is generated as an output, deliberately or otherwise, that does not
become a useful input into another process. Any output that is destined for
land, sea or air should not be a threat to planetary, animal or plant
Option B
"Zero Waste is a philosophy and visionary goal that emulates natural
cycles, where all outputs are simply an input for another process.  It
means designing and managing materials and products to conserve and recover
all resources and not destroy or bury them, and eliminate discharges to
land, water or air that do not contribute productively to natural systems
or the economy."

Gary Liss
Gary Liss & Associates
4395 Gold Trail Way
Loomis, CA  95650-8929
Fax: 916-652-0485

-- Prof. Dr. Hans Schnitzer

Institut für Ressourcenschonende und Nachhaltige Systeme
Technische Universität Graz
A-8010 Graz, Inffeldgasse 25

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