Zero waste (or darn close)
The city and the folks out at Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda are putting together a plan to eliminate waste in Alameda, and they want your help. They’re inviting you to a pair of community meetings about their nascent Zero Waste Implementation Plan this Thursday, March 12.
“Waste doesn’t have to go into a landfill,” said Maria Di Meglio from the city’s public works department. “We want people to look at this stuff as a resource, not trash.”
Alameda’s already off to a good start: We’re already diverting 63 percent of our solid waste from landfills, Di Meglio said, a number that’s well beyond the state’s 50 percent diversion requirement. But she says we can do more to reduce, reuse and recycle stuff instead of throwing it out.
Di Meglio said zero waste work is being done all over the world. Locally, the city council passed a local action plan for climate protection that has greenhouse gas reduction goals in it. And eliminating waste is one of the most effective ways for us to get there, she said.
The meetings are from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Edison School, 2700 Buena Vista Avenue (that’s being billed a “schools meeting”), and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Veterans Building, 2203 Central Avenue (a community meeting).
The city and CASA are also putting together future events on these topics, including a symposium. I’ll have more for you on all of that as it comes.
Meanwhile, Di Meglio forwarded me a link to this nifty wizard that shows you where to recycle things and where to purchase recycled and green products, and other links to information on how and where to dispose of household hazardous waste, medical waste and what is not allowed in your gray bin.
For more information on zero waste efforts, check out the Zero Waste Alliance, Zero Waste America and the Zero Waste International Alliance. And of course, you can get the 411 on what Alameda’s doing to try to be more green, right here.