SWANA Road to Zero Waste
March 24-26, 2014 I Monterey, CA
Your successful journey to Zero Waste begins with learning from others who have gone before you. At SWANA’s Road to Zero Waste conference in Monterey, California, dig deep into the essential elements of organics management & anaerobic digestion (AD) as well as extended producer responsibility (EPR), three big components of a zero waste goal.
“Follow our footsteps, but don’t make our mistakes.”
Tim Flanagan, Assistant General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, and Division Director, Recycling and Special Waste Technical Division
Join three of SWANA’s Technical Divisions as they explore the significant role each plays in helping a community understand the importance and challenges of the Zero Waste goal:
Recycling and Special Waste
Collection and Transfer
Communication, Education and Marketing
See how communities in the San Francisco/Monterey areas went from beginning the journey to arriving at a functioning AD system. Learn what to consider when contemplating a Zero Waste goal and how Zero Waste impacts a traditional waste collection program.
Share the NIMBY issues you face when addressing whether AD is right for your community. Discuss the role education plays in helping elected officials, solid waste managers, residents and businesses understand the benefits and costs.
Gather strategies for permitting an AD facility.
Hear the story of how new fleets operating on CNG are “closing the loop” in the organics collection cycle.
Learn how containers, truck design and routing impact the success of a Zero Waste program.
See examples of “how to” programs aimed at educating residents, commercial operations, tourists and attendees about the nuts and bolts of Zero Waste implementation for special events.
Discuss policy changes, such as disposal bans for specific materials (organics, paint, mattresses, batteries, etc.) and alternative collection options necessitated by these restrictions.
Have a conversation about the pros and cons of EPR. If products don’t go into the local integrated solid waste management system, who collects them and where do they end up? What public/private partnerships could be implemented to ensure they are properly managed?
When you leave Monterey, you’ll go home with practical advice on incorporating Zero Waste concepts into your municipal solid waste management plan, responding to the challenges of sustainable programs for your stakeholders.
Conference details are coming soon. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.