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Consultant begins work on Austin’s zero waste plan
Liss, a California-based consultant, did an initial tour of
Liss is in town to begin a five to six-month process of developing
The definition of Zero Waste is not simply to recycle more, according to Liss. It’s a combination of reduce, reuse and recycle.
“We want to mimic nature,” he said. “Everything in nature is eventually a resource for something else. We have to look at our waste stream as a resource in order to stop the flow of waste into our landfills. We have to look at reusing materials first.”
Liss said that it is virtually impossible to limit all materials going into the landfill, so he said maybe it is more accurate to say “Zero Waste, or darn close!”
Most Zero Waste programs he has worked with have set an ultimate goal of a 90 percent reduction in material to the landfill.
He said any plan
- Improve recycling and composting;
- Develop new rules and incentives for handling waste;
- Preserve land for green industries;
- Make manufacturers responsible for their products; and
- Educate and advocate to the public for Zero Waste.
“A resolution is not enough,” Anthony said. “You have to adopt goals and a plan to implement them. You have to develop a local or even a regional framework to develop the businesses that will make Zero Waste happen.”
Dates for the public input meetings in February, March and April have not been determined.
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