Zero Waste Resource Roundup 1/22/21

Amidst the turbulence and uncertainty of present times, 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!


Zero Waste Week | January 24th – 30th
Zero Waste Gainesville, The Repurpose Project, and Life Unplastic have teamed up to bring you an exciting, FREE week of activities that will help you on your journey to Zero Waste. Click here to register. Once you are registered you will be signed up to receive emails each day of Zero Waste Week. The daily emails will contain activities, action items, links to the live Zoom presentations & discussions, free screening link for The Story of Plastic, and other educational, engaging, and interactive activities.

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!

8th Annual Virtual Zero Waste Symposium | February 9, 9:30am-3:30pm MST
Zero Waste San Diego is collaborating with Zero Waste USA to offer Zero Waste Associates certification. Attendees will be eligible for certification through ZeroWaste USA, the National Affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Northeast Recycling Council’s Spring Conference: Reframing Recycling in 2021 | March 30 – 31
NERC’s Spring ’21 Conference is a virtual two-day event on March 30 – 31 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily). Taking a fresh look at existing strategies and discussing new approaches are the focus for NERC’s Reframing Recycling in 2021 Conference. The Conference Agenda includes some of the most popular topics in recycling and reuse today. Register here.

Public Funding for Recycling Manufacturers | Jan. 25, 10am MST
CalRecycle has lined up various public funding resources to help support recycling manufacturing in California, including reuse projects, edible food recovery, intermediate and secondary recycling manufacturing, in-vessel digestion, and composting.  Feedstock for manufacturing covers a wide range of materials, including edible food, food waste, green waste, lumber, C&D materials, and recycled fibers, plastics, glass, and metals. Additionally, a few recycled product manufacturers that have utilized some of the funding resources will share their experiences to give you real life examples!

Driving Demand for Recycled Products – the Government Recycling Demand Champion Program | Jan. 27, 12-1:30pm MST
Taking action to support the recycling industry is essential – especially these days. A new national program, the NERC-APR Government Recycling Demand Champion Program, provides a simple strategy for closing the loop by buying products with post-consumer plastic recycled content.

Recycling Markets in 2021 | January 28, 12pm MST
With the new year, will the recycling markets get better? We will hear from three leading industry experts on what to expect in 2021.

Strategies for Collecting Residential Food Waste | Feb. 3, 12-1:30pm MST
Composting and anaerobic digestion are great, but first the organics have to be collected. This free webinar being offered by NERC and NEWMOA, will present three models for successful collection of food waste from households.

The United States of Plastic
UPSTREAM invites you to an interactive conversation with world-renowned scientists, Jenna Jambeck, PhD and Kara Lavender Law, PhD about their latest report which shows that the U.S. is the world’s #1 source of plastic waste. We’ll discuss their findings and what we can do about it.

Best Practices in Container Deposit Laws
This virtual conference, hosted by Container Recycling Institute, is the second part of a four part project to create a Guidebook for Best Practices in container deposit laws. Click the link above to access conference recordings and resources.

How to Buy Recycled – A Training
This training webinar will provide purchasing officials, decision-makers, and recycling advocates with information about: Why buying recycled is important; Legislation and content standards; Making a commitment to buy recycled; Getting started; Examples of recycled products; Price, quality and availability; Specifications; Testing; Contracts, cooperative purchasing and closed loop; Waste Prevention and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing; and Recordkeeping and evaluation.

The Rise of Packaging Free Shops
Zero Waste Europe recently conducted a pioneering survey on the rise of packaging-free shops in Europe and what this means for waste prevention levels. The findings of this survey will be presented at the start of the webinar and will form the basis of the discussion throughout, with leading experts from industry and business sharing their insights into what role packaging-free shops can play in societies transitioning towards zero waste.

Eliminate Food Waste
A massive amount of food goes to waste each year and yet it is the most solvable problem around. Join ReFED and other funders for an informational webinar, exploring our essential need to invest in food waste solutions to mitigate climate change and relieve hunger.

Complete Home ReSource’s Zero Waste Questionnaire to let us know what zero waste topics you’d like to learn more about.

Add waste reduction to your New Year goals

Sign this form in support of Right to Repair legislation.

Sign this statement calling for the transformation of current systems to prioritize reduce and reuse models and the restoration and protection of our natural environment.

Sign the Plastic Free President Petition
This plan outlines eight priority plastic actions President-elect Biden can take without Congress. (Main campaign website here.)

Share the Zero Waste Declaration
Authored by the Zero Waste International Alliance, this Declaration describes a common vision of zero waste communities.

Join your local Missoula Buy Nothing Group
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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

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Electronic Waste on the Decline, New Study Finds

2020 In the Rear-View Mirror: Waste & Recycling

Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress

Top 5 Right to Repair Wins of 2020

How Big Cardboard is handling the 2020 box boom

How Does A Zero Waste Store Survive A Pro-Plastic Pandemic?

Plastic Bottle Recycling Market Report

In Its Final Phase, Austin’s Composting Program Expands To More Than 200,000 Homes

Denver voters might decide whether to make apartment buildings and businesses compost and recycle their waste

Recycling labels and thinking beyond the recycling bin

Rise in takeout waste presents new opportunity for reusable containers

Plastic trash is not just litter. It’s a climate change problem, too

Mexico City Ban on Single-Use Plastics Takes Effect

New EU rules prohibit shipment of unsorted plastic waste to foreign countries

Oregon recycles! and plans to lead into the future

Repair saves families big

Top 5 Most Repairable Devices of 2020

EPR For Compostable Foodservice Packaging

Will 2021 Be the Year for Environmental Justice Legislation? States Are Already Leading the Way

Recovered paper markets’ strong to start 2021

Packaging, PPE and surgical supplies: How COVID-19 is pushing hospitals to reduce waste

With planning, zero waste can survive the pandemic

Environmental efforts key for Biden, but industry expects limited recycling policy movement in 2021

A blueprint for reusable packaging systems

5 Ways We Can Move Away From Single-Use Plastics


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