A recent study from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives delved into the issue of zero waste. The study titled; “Closing the Loop: Reducing Green House Gas Emissions and Creating Green Jobs Through Zero Waste in BC” highlights that we are consuming at an unsustainable rate and need to regain focus on reducing and reusing. The full length document is 45 pages while a summary report is offered through 8 pages of stimulating reading.
Our April 11th episode of our Let’s Talk Trash radio show features a 20 minute interview with one of the author’s Sue Maxwell. Sue helps to explain the core issue of moving waste management policies from a linear system into a closed loop system where designing for the environment is taken into consideration along with the increase in repairability of products and an economy that can be stimulated through this change.
While this report has just been released it will be interesting to see what policy makers choose to do with the provided list of eleven recommendations outline in the study. It’s stated that a provincial policy mandate for zero waste creates an important opportunity to develop a localized economy better positioned to weather global changes climate change, market volatility and resource scarcity—that are gathering on the horizon. This paper looks at the prospects for closing the loop – a transition from managing wastes to recovering resources that feed back into production – and considers the intersection between climate action and zero waste policies. From waste to resource….