Zero Waste Resource Roundup 2/23/21

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!


Glass Recycling Drop-off | March 7, 12-6pm at Imagine Nation Brewing
Recycle your glass with Recycling Works!

Virtual Fixit Clinics | February 13-June 19 (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!

From Linear to Circular | April 19 – June 25. Deadline to apply: Feb. 28
From Linear to Circular is a flagship learning program from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and is aimed at postgraduate students and professionals at the start of their circular economy career. It is a fantastic opportunity to want to bring greater purpose to your work or research and want to become a circular economy advocate and catalyst within your organisation.

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.

2021 Plastic Policies Roundup | February 25, 11am MST
On Thursday, February 25, UPSTREAM invites you to a conversation with Yinka Bode-George from the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Judith Enck from Beyond Plastic, and Miriam Gordon from UPSTREAM to learn about the types of plastics and packaging-related bills being introduced; what’s in the federal Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act; how extended producer responsibility for packaging and deposit-return systems are shaping up; and how reuse policy is moving forward at the city and state level – even during the pandemic.

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management | February 25, 12pm MST
The EPA is hosting a webinar on the latest information reported in EPA’s most recent Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2018 report. EPA will present on trends in U.S. materials generation, including recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery, and landfilling. The second half of the webinar will cover economic indicators and trend data such as personal consumer expenditures, commodity values, and tipping fees.

Extended Producer Responsibility: Creating Systemic Solutions to our Waste Problems | February 25, 6-8pm MST
As consumers, voting with our dollars, breaking free from single-use plastics and recycling and composting are crucial steps to take. But we must also create systemic solutions to set our society up for success and the development of a circular economy. Crucial to this is Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) – a policy approach that holds producers accountable for their role in the waste crisis by requiring them to pay for the recycling of their products and packaging. Join Eco-Cycle resident experts Kate Bailey and Rachel Setzke to learn all about how EPR improves recycling, creates a more equitable recycling system, and how Colorado is moving forward on this important Zero Waste solution.

ReUSE Impact Report | March 3, 10am MST
ReUSE MN contracted a study to explore the environmental, economic, and social impacts of reuse, rental, and repair across Minnesota. Join the ReUSE Minnesota team as their board president, Jenny Kedward, walks us through the findings from this study.

Plastic film recycling & end markets | March 9, 12pm MST
A panel conversation about residential plastic film recycling and the status of film end-markets.

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.

Zero Waste Community & Lifestyle
Zero Waste Gainesville and The Repurpose Project’s Amanda Waddle discusses Zero Waste, Zero Waste Community and Zero Waste lifestyle.

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

What Actually Happens with Hard-to-Recycle Plastics?
Consumers and corporations are curious: How’s it now possible to recycle these previously unrecyclable items? What’s really happening? Can we trust that all the source separating and additional costs are worth it? Transparency is needed and this webinar will be a good start. TerraCycle and Avangard Innovative will provide insight into their respective processes, including how contamination and residual waste items are handled. They’ll answer questions specific to their programs.

Strategies for Collecting Residential Food Waste
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.

Zero Waste and Economic Recovery: The Job Creation Potential of Zero Waste Solutions
Cities around the world are looking for ways to solve the waste problem while strengthening local economies and creating good jobs. According to a new GAIA report, zero waste strategies score highest on environmental benefits and create the most jobs of any waste management approach. Join us for a conversation with zero waste experts around the world on how zero waste not only creates more jobs but better jobs, while protecting our environment.

How to solve the waste trade crisis?
The impact of waste that is generated in Europe continues to be felt in countries and communities thousands of miles away. Communities are having to deal with the effects of non-recyclable waste from Europe that is increasingly dumped or burnt. 2020 was an important year in the fight to tackle the waste trade crisis. This webinar will examine what the current policy landscape is and what is being done to tackle this problem at the local, European and global level.

Support Montana HB 265: Phase out use of styrofoam in food-related businesses
This bill was recently introduced to the House Business and Labor Committee. You can voice your support by filling out this form. Direct your message to (H) Business and Labor.

Oppose the development of Formosa Plastics’ petrochemical plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
The Formosa plant is part of a boom in new petrochemical facilities. The plant would further pollute a predominantly black community in an area known as “Cancer Alley”, a name resulting from the health problems associated with the high levels of industrial pollution harming surrounding communities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended the project’s federal permit and is now reevaluating it. Any meaningful analysis will make it clear that the permit should be revoked entirely. The plant would pollute a predominantly Black community, disturb unmarked burial sites of formerly enslaved people, degrade wetlands, and deepen the plastic pollution crisis. Comment here to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize environmental justice and protect wetlands by revoking Formosa Plastics’ federal permit today.

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Reduce your plastic consumption with Eco-Cycle’s free How to Quit Plastics Workbook!
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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

Podcast: Indisposable Disrupting disposable food service
This week on the Indisposable Podcast, Matt interviews Samantha Sommer, UPSTREAM’s Director of Business Innovation, about her experience and innovations in accelerating the reuse economy with food service businesses. (Spoiler alert: they save money EVERY SINGLE TIME.) Hear her plans for 2021 as she intrepidly scales reuse in food service despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Documentary: Plastic Wars
With the plastic industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics. Released March 2020.

A Newcomer’s Guide to Recycling in Missoula

Missoula teen not waiting for others to fix the climate crisis

GAIA Report: Zero Waste and Economic Recovery: The Job Creation Potential Of Zero Waste Solutions
This global study finds that zero waste creates the most jobs of any waste management approach– 200x more than landfills and incinerators. The report analyzed the job growth potential of cities around the world if they were to divert 80% of recyclable and compostable waste from landfilling and incineration. The numbers were impressive: for example, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam could both create over 18,000 jobs each, and São Paulo, Brazil could create an astonishing 36,000 new jobs. Zero waste systems not only create more jobs, they create better jobs. Studies show that jobs in zero waste go beyond basic manual labor, provide higher wages, offer more permanent positions and improve quality of life. Zero waste systems are an essential part of a just transition, where those most impacted by waste pollution are the first to receive the benefits of gainful zero waste employment.

Journey To Zero Food Waste

How the EPA plans to double the US recycling rate by 2030

US PIRG Launches “Waste Is out of Fashion” Campaign

After years of pressure, glass recycling may be at a turning point

Canada Plastics Pact Launches to Tackle Plastics Pollution

“Doughnut Economic” model arrives in California

Recycling in America Is a Mess. A New Bill Could Clean It Up

Environmentalists Return to Unfinished Work Cut Short by Pandemic

7 takeaways on organics recycling trends from COMPOST2021

In a trash-filled pandemic, low-waste businesses are taking off

Compostable Packaging In North America

EPA nominee Regan highlights plastics, PFAS challenges in confirmation hearing

Massachusetts advocates push statewide ban on plastic bags

Austin, Texas, pitches customer cost savings as curbside composting reaches over 200K homes

CONGRESSIONAL STIMULUS AND FUNDING BILLS: Recommendations to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Shifting the Plastic Pollution Narrative in Asia Pacific

State lawmakers nationwide begin coordinated push for EPR

Recycling bills to return. So will the fight over plastics

EVs, turbines, solar panels pose circular economy dilemma: NIST workshop

Environmental groups outline $1.3B worth of federal plastics reduction, recycling recommendations

Recycling Leadership Council, key senators call for ‘national strategy’ to fix system

A Growing Concern: Microplastic Pollution on Farm Fields

Paying for the amount of trash you actually throw out may make sense, but why is it so controversial in Connecticut?

Incinerators won renewable energy subsidies despite violations

ReFED Data Shows Decline In Per Capita Food Waste

UM Campus Dining backs ASUM effort to ban plastic bags

2021 could be year for packaging EPR, nearly a dozen state bills in play

Free Stuff Is All Over Craigslist and Facebook, and It’s Getting Weirder

Still more waste than wanted

A Snowy Winter Highlights New York’s Trash Problems

New action on horizon for sustainable materials management under Biden, experts predict

The Plastic Industry Is Growing During COVID. Recycling? Not So Much.

From Single Use to Systems Change: A Call to Action


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