Zero Waste Resource Roundup 11/20/20

Amidst the turbulence and uncertainty of 2020, one thing remains constant – Home ReSource’s spirit and enthusiasm for Zero Waste! We hope that’s true for you, too.

We want to make it easy for you to stay engaged and motivated, so we’ve created the “Resource Roundup” – a list of Zero Waste events, news, and opportunities to keep us all busy and informed.

Stay curious, keep learning, and hold onto that Zero Waste spirit!


Art for the Earth Project | November 21 & 28, 6-8pm | MCAT Channel 189 in Missoula
This two-part series features local organizations & individuals and uses a variety of art forms to explore environmental problems and solutions in support of a healthy, regenerative, just, biologically diverse and vibrant earth. Videos will be available on the Art for the Earth Project Facebook Page after airing on MCAT.

National Zero Waste Virtual Conference | December 1-3
The National Zero Waste Virtual Conference is a three-day educational and networking event organized by the National Recycling Coalition. Join in to hear from local, national and international experts on the latest updates and best practices to get to Zero Waste. Registration cost: $175 for non-members, $125 for members.

Glass Recycling Drop Off | December 6, 12-6pm | Imagine Nation Brewing
Recycling Works is hosting another glass recycling event! Details, updates, and COVID guidelines will be posted on the Facebook event page. Volunteers needed!

Virtual Fixit Clinics | December 13-February 13 (dates added periodically)
Want to try fixing from home? Present your broken item to a global team of expert community repairers and get suggestions for things to try. After all items have presented we move to Zoom breakout rooms to implement the suggestions and, hopefully, fix the items. Fixit coaches are invited to participate, as well!

Materials Matters: Composting | November 24, 1:00-2:30pm MST
The desire for residential composting has taken off with more people at home. Find ways your community can do some good together. This webinar will be an interactive sharing discussion about the many options for offering composting in your community.

Recycled Content in Paper – Opportunities & Challenges | December 2, 12pm MST
So much national conversation focuses on plastic recycled content, that sometimes paper gets lost. This webinar will open our eyes about the current use of recycled paper and future initiatives.

Plastics: A Complex Topic – The Global Perspective | December 8, 1pm MST
Plastic and plastic recycling are among the hottest topics being discussed. It’s not just an issue in the US, it’s global. On this webinar we will hear about the challenges associated with plastic use, recycling and disposal around the world.

Container Deposit Laws – Taking their Effectiveness to the Next Level through Global Best Practices
Container deposit laws received renewed attention during the COVID-19 pandemic as many states suspended, or suspended enforcement, of their so-called bottle bill laws. At the same time, there are several initiatives examining how to expand the impact and of bottle bill laws and looking for best practices.  This webinar, co-sponsored by NERC and NEWMOA, examined this research and proposals.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Waste and Recycling
This webinar’s objectives are to motivate the waste and recycling industry to actively explore and discuss DEI issues and initiatives, and inspire individuals and organizations to create their own mandates. We will address the issues via succinct introductory presentations with commentary, hold a robust intra-panel discussion and follow that with a lively Q&A session!

Eco-Leaders 2.0 Training: The Real Footprint of Our Stuff!
We talk a lot about what happens to our materials “downstream,” meaning after we’ve used it. But knowing what’s recyclable or compostable isn’t the full story! Ever wonder how sand becomes glass? How plastics are made from fracking? How bauxite becomes aluminum? In this training, we’ll learn how the resources mined from our planet become our products, and what their impact is upstream, before we ever see a product.

Eco-Leader 2.0 Training: What is A Circular Economy?
In a circular economy, resources remain in circulation through reuse, redesign, reduction, sharing, or “bottle-to-bottle” recycling (i.e., the waste from a product becomes the feedstock to make that product again.) This is in contrast to “linear economy,” in which products (and all the resources used to produce them) go straight to the landfill or are downcycled into another item that goes to the landfill at the end of its life. A circular economy is the goal because not only does it use our resources most effectively,  it also reduces or eliminates waste, demand for virgin resources, negative effects on climate, and social inequity. Join us for this training to learn about how repairing, sharing, legislation, food systems and more play a part in this model!

Optimizing Our Recycling Education & Outreach Efforts
With the average attention span just 8 seconds, reaching residents, customers, and students with important recycling information is challenging.  Learn simple tips & tricks for optimizing your recycling education and outreach efforts.  The Massachusetts DEP will share best practices from their statewide recycling initiative, Recycle Smart MA. With over 25,000 engaged followers on social media and hundreds of partner organizations, Recycle Smart MA has tried and tested strategies that will help you break through the noise and get the word out about Smart Recycling practices.

Value of Repair
This webinar shared approaches to expand the growing repair movement that center around culturally vibrant gatherings where people can bring broken items to be fixed or repurposed with assistance from an “expert” — who may also be a neighbor or friend. These organizations and events help repair objects as they build community by bringing together the collective spirit of sharing, stewardship and waste reduction.

Virtual ReCook Cafe
This webinar featured a mix of live and recorded cooking demonstrations of four professional chefs sharing their favorite tips, tricks, techniques, and more to help home cooks get the most out of their food, reducing waste while creating delicious dishes that are sure to make you go “Mmmm!”.

Participate in and spread the word about Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day is the antithesis of Black Friday – it’s a day to take a stand against mass-consumerism by opting out of the holiday sale madness. Here are some things you can do instead of shop this Black Friday!

Sign on to the Presidential Plastics Action Plan
This plan outlines eight key steps a president can take without any action from Congress to immediately set the nation on a pathway to a plastic-free future. The plan is designed as a c(3) activity. All c(3) organizations are able to sign on.

EPA Draft National Recycling Strategy – Opportunity to Comment (comments due by Dec. 4)

Nominate local education programs for Recycling Works’ Public Education Grants
Local glass and organics recycler, Recycling Works, is providing $5000 in funding to educational programs benefiting public schools in Missoula. You can nominate your favorite public school program (like ZWAP!) to receive a grant of up to $1000 here. After the nomination period is over, be sure to vote via their Facebook and Instagram!

Write an article for the Sustainable Missoula Column
Sustainable Missoula is a weekly column in the Missoula Current which features voices of Missoulians working to make our community cleaner, greener and healthier. Topics range from clean energy, to zero waste, to local government and nonprofit sustainability efforts and news, and everything in between! Articles are published Fridays in the Missoula Current. If you’re interested in submitting an article, contact Sarah Lundquist, lundquist@homeresource.org

Missoula County, MT Backs Republic Services’ Proposed Gas-to-Power Project at Landfill

Plastic recycling in Missoula is common and complicated

Where Zero Waste Meets Social Justice

Preventing Food Waste: One Way to Honor People, Community, and Materials this Holiday Season

Food sovereignty is on the menu this Thanksgiving

EPA effort announced to reduce trash in waterways and oceans

Vermonters Are Complying With Composting Law, Which Means … A Lot Of Food Scraps

New York’s plastic bag ban now being enforced

Burger King Tests Zero-Waste Packaging

Maggots, Rodents, and Fleas: LA’s Garbage Problem Is Getting Worse During the Pandemic

New Jersey recycled content bill seeing multiple changes, likely moving action into 2021

EPR-style legislation increasingly draws state-level interest despite pandemic setbacks

COVID-19’s impact on ocean plastic pollution

Startup brands like the shoe company Thousand Fell are bringing circular economics to the fashion industry

It’s Time for a National Deposit Law

Despite Recycling Success, S.F.’s Zero Waste Goal Remains Elusive

Georgia voters approve ballot measure that could direct millions to new recycling efforts

Oregon beverage container redemption volumes surge despite pandemic

EPA sets 2030 national recycling goal, stakeholders call for more federal action

Zero Waste Master Plan

Break the Waste Cycle report

The United States’ contribution of plastic waste to land and ocean report

Breaking the plastic wave: A comprehensive assessment of pathways towards stopping ocean plastic pollution


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