Zero Waste Resource Roundup 5/24/2021

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.

Zero Waste Missoula meeting | June 2, 4-5pm at Home ReSource
Home ReSource is reconvening the Zero Waste Missoula group! Join us for a recap of the history and purpose of the group and to discuss goals and priorities moving forward. Click here to view the meeting agenda, and RSVP here.

Fixit Clinic | June 19, 11am-3pm at Home ReSource
Home ReSource is excited to announce the return of the in-person Fixit Clinic! Come with broken items and work with skilled volunteer repair coaches to learn how to fix them. Register here.

Beyond Recycling: Making Zero Waste Work Session 3, Zero Waste Businesses | May 26, 12pm MST
This is the third session of Climate Smart Glacier Country’s series, “Beyond Recycling: Making Zero Waste Work,” featuring Xanterra and Flathead Lake Brewing Company. This session will give a firsthand account of how practices are good for business and provide tips for other businesses interested in bringing sustainability into their everyday operations. Register here. Recordings & resources from previous sessions are available here.

Glass Recycling Drop Off | June 6, 9am-2pm at Imagine Nation Brewing
Recycling Works is hosting another glass drop off event! Recycle your glass for $1/gallon. Drink tickets available for all recyclers.

EPR webinar: How to Ensure a Level Playing Field with Multiple PROs | May 27, 9am MST
One of the biggest decisions when developing an EPR bill is whether producers are required to form a single Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) or can choose to form several PROs. In the case of competing PROs, it is essential to ensure a level playing field by creating an independent entity like a clearinghouse or a central agency. This webinar will feature expert speakers who will discuss their roles in managing multiple PROs to avoid cherry picking, creative reporting, and other program inefficiencies, and to develop equitable programs. They will also cover the benefits and drawbacks of single PRO and multiple PRO systems, and various governance models for managing multiple PROs.

The Inevitable Responsibility: The Future of Packaging EPR in the US | May 27, 1pm MST
The tenor surrounding state and federal legislative action around Extended Producer Responsibility has reached a fever pitch, with a number of states poised to make moves and a number of NGOs letting their opinions be heard. In a rapidly-evolving landscape full of charged opinions, it’s important to zoom out and examine the overarching trajectory and the groundwork being laid. Karen Hagerman and Adam Gendell from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition will provide an overview of all the action around packaging EPR and discuss the relationship between EPR and the broader discourse on the sustainable use of packaging.

Can I Recycle This? | May 27, 4pm MST
Do you wonder which of the items you put in the recycling bin actually get recycled — and how recycling actually works? If so, you are not alone. To clear up this common confusion, the Clean Air Action Network (CAAN) of Glens Falls presents Can I Recycle This? A virtual talk by attorney, writer, and sustainability expert Jennie Romer about her widely praised new Penguin book, Can I Recycle This?

Environmental Benefits Calculators – How they Work & How they Can Help | June 8, 12 pm MST
Join NERC and NEWMOA for a comprehensive webinar highlighting environmental benefits calculators demonstrating the climate change value of source reduction, reuse and recycling.  Featured calculators include: WARM, ReCON, ReFed, & Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculators.

The Spectrum of Approaches to U.S. Packaging EPR: From Reimbursement to Full Responsibility | June 17, 11am MST
As extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation for packaging and paper products (PPP) gains momentum in the U.S., many different approaches have emerged. This webinar will summarize the spectrum of EPR models in use around the world, from “Full EPR” systems run by producers to “Municipal Reimbursement” systems with more municipal control, and many hybrid structures. PSI will present an overview of the emerging EPR for PPP models and share lessons learned from around the world about the pros and cons of each approach. Then, experts from New York, Vermont, and Maryland will share insights into why each state has taken a distinct approach to EPR for PPP. There will be ample time for audience Q&A.

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Campus Sustainability Programs | June 17, 12pm MST
Experts will focus on how offices, programs and/or operations can do their part to be more equitable on campus.

Higher Education’s Crucial Role: Building a Sustainable Circular Economy | June 30, 10am MST
Join this webinar to learn how the circular economy can help shape better procurement decisions and ways in which you manage your campus, facilities and supply of goods and services. Educators, business officers, and staff from housing, dining, facilities, procurement and auxiliary services, EHS, student life, and senior administration will learn about how to bring the circular economy into each area of campus life.

Growing the Upcycled Food Economy | July 14, 11am MST
This joint NEWMOA and NERC webinar will focus on the emerging business of upcycling food waste. The presenters will cover: State of the upcycled food movement – definition, certification standard, and environmental benefits; how upcycling is different than other methods of diverting wasted food – donation, animal feed, composting, anaerobic digestion; key challenges with upcycling food waste; business leaders who are building the food upcycling economy

Plastics: The Last Straw for Big Oil?
While plastics and other petrochemical products are predicted to overtake the transport sector as the largest driver of future global oil demand, fossil fuel companies risk overinvestment in the space. Companies that rely on growing demand for plastics and other petrochemicals must justify these plans in the face of a range of global structural changes that may deflate these elevated demand growth expectations. Peeking behind the veil of the industry narrative exposes the abundant ESG risks and externalities presented across every stage of the plastic lifecycle. 

Equity, Inclusion, & Zero Waste
Eco-Cycle invites you to our first two-part training about social justice and its intersection with Zero Waste. We will discuss the history of environmental justice and environmental racism, how those issues apply to natural resources and Zero Waste specifically, and how you can be a part of the solution.

Creating Inclusive EPR Systems
Three experts from around the world will participate in a timely conversation on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging and its intersection with the informal waste sector. Our speakers will discuss the complexities of establishing EPR systems in low-income countries and those with informal waste sectors and how these systems can be designed to foster economic growth while ensuring safe working conditions and livable wages. (This is part 2 of a two-part webinar series. Part 1 is here.)

Are we getting closer to a circular economy in Europe?
In 2020, the European Commission announced the framework for its second Circular Economy Action Plan. As a result, an ambitious framework for EU Member States to work within is developing, whilst neighbouring non-EU countries have also followed suit and introduced a number of their own measures. However, despite this recent legislative activity, it remains a question as to whether European economies are any closer to becoming circular and how we should specifically measure circularity. This webinar will go into greater depth to answer these key questions:
-Is a truly circular economy ever achievable? On our current trajectory, when could this be achieved in Europe?
-What are the indicators and benchmarks used in Europe to measure progress towards a circular economy?
-What are the policies and strategies that local municipalities should focus on implementing to help accelerate progress towards a circular economy? How can they best support national policy-creation and action towards this goal?

What Is Right To Repair?
Do you really own what you buy? And why is it so hard to repair your phone? Tech video creator Marque Brownlee (MKBHD) explains the Right to Repair movement.

Reuse To-Go: Innovations in Takeout & Delivery
Anyone who’s ordered take-out or delivery from a local restaurant has had the same experience over and over again: your delicious meal winds up being served in a to-go container that’s used for a matter of minutes and then thrown away. Then COVID-19 happened. Since the pandemic began, U.S. take-out orders have increased 78% – the highest reported increase in the world! Fortunately, the number of reusable systems in food service has also been growing. In UPSTREAM’s livestream, we welcomed three special guests who’ve developed “a better way than throwaway” and are innovating solutions for the hardest-to-hack challenges around single-use packaging: Keiko Niccolini from r.Cup/r.Ware, Lauren Sweeney from DeliverZero and Paul Liotsakis from Sparkl. Watch this lively discussion and learn more about how our guests started their businesses, their plans for the future, how they’re adapting – and even thriving – during the pandemic, and how you can help bring their services to your own community.

Addressing Plastic Waste Through Local Engagement
As a lightweight, inexpensive, and durable material which can be utilized in a wide range of applications, plastic is ubiquitous. The United States leads the world as the largest generator of plastic packaging waste on a per-capita basis. Despite its usefulness, scientists have raised concerns that plastic waste could lead to damaging environmental and health impacts. The production and incineration of plastic is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Plastics in landfills take up to a thousand years to decompose, and their amount has increased approximately 70-fold from 1960 to 2018. When this waste makes its way into water sources, it can impact marine life, and it can also degrade into microplastics, which make their way into our food and drinking water. While many open questions remain, some evidence suggests that these microplastics may harm human health. And for many, the precautionary principle suggests the need to limit plastic waste given its ability to infiltrate human and animal food chains. In this event, we will hear from scientists and non-profit professionals who are studying the environmental impact of plastic waste and working with local governments and communities to promote sustainable plastic use and re-use.

Life Cycle Assessments & Decision-Making
Ever wonder what life cycle assessment (LCA) means and how to apply the results? This webinar will provide those answers and more.  We will hear from national experts on LCAs and case studies about chemical recycling and the concrete/cement industry

Sign in support of ZWIA’s Zero Waste Declaration

Sign this petition to demand companies like Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Unilever stop producing single-use plastics.

Sign this petition to urge food establishments to reopen with reuse.

Sign this petition to urge Biden to be a Plastic Free President.

Support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021.

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,

Roundup: Stimulus funding for city waste initiatives, DC and NY inch toward zero waste goals

Composting, Related Businesses Surge Following Vermont Food Scrap Ban

California Bill to Regulate Usage of the “Chasing Arrows” Symbol

How Tons of Dumped Glass Emboldened Lawmakers to Back an Expanded Bottle Bill

The History of New York, Told Through Its Trash

State legislatures busy with plastics policy on shampoo bottles, chemical recycling and preemption

Connections: Compost And Disease Suppression

Landmark global report: The world is awash with drinks container wastage but the data shows the solution.

Consumer demand for sustainable packaging holds despite pandemic

Michigan House passes bottle return fund legislation

‘We want to live. They want to burn trash’: Chester residents raise environmental racism concerns over incinerator with Covanta

As litter balloons, local governments and residents try new approaches

Environmental justice and diversity should be priorities for recyclers, ISRI panelists say

Circular economy infrastructure will build value for all americans

U.S. Food Loss & Waste Policy Action Plan

Researchers tout benefits of a US bottle bill

What We Waste Report

Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) & United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 2021 Global Methane Assessment

Goodwill Doesn’t Want Your Broken Toaster

Composting infrastructure coalition seeks hundreds of millions for federal grants, loans

FTC Report Finds Manufacturers’ Repair Restrictions Unwarranted

Boston expanding textile and organics recycling as it ramps up zero waste plan

Canadian order labels plastics ‘toxic’

China aims to re-use 60% of its trash by 2025

Leading plastics reduction lawyer sees single-use policies as ‘gateway’ to bigger change

How Reusables Can Help Restaurants Save

Who is behind the global surge in single-use plastic?

With landfill emissions regulation, EPA enforces once-delayed methane pollution rule

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