CONCERNING ZERO WASTE AND RECYCLING AT THE SALT LAKE OLYMPICS
July 8, 2001
the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City is promoting itself as a "Zero
Waste" event, and
the Global Recycling Council (GRC), the California Resource Recovery Association
(CRRA) and the GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) have been leaders in
the nation in advocating for Zero Waste, and
the Salt Lake Olympics Committee (SLOC) has contracted with a firm to
process commingled recyclables and wastes collected from the public in
a mixed waste MRF, and
the SLOC is promoting this as preferable to the "recyclables,"
"compostables" and "trash" system used in the Sydney
Australia Olympics as it is "simple: single containers for all trash"
as reported in Waste News of July 5, 2001.
therefore be it resolved by the Board of Directors of CRRA that:
applauds the SLOC adoption of a goal of "Zero Waste".
Zero Waste goal will only have value if a more comprehensive plan for
reducing waste and reusing, recycling and composting materials collected
is implemented. The planned system that was reported to process all
materials collected as mixed waste will not achieve the SLOC's stated
Zero Waste goal. If the SLOC chooses not to modify its purchasing and
service plans for the Olympics, it should not describe this system as
a "Zero Waste" system.
urges the SLOC to reconsider and use a source separation system with
containers co-located next to each other in each public location, and
aggressive education, signage and on-site monitoring to direct attendees
to use the correct bins. CRRA also urges the SLOC to source separate
from all major commercial and industrial generation of materials at
the Olympics, including corrugated cardboard, office paper, discarded
food, yard trimmings, and construction and demolition debris, for appropriate
reuse, recycling and/or composting at their highest and best use. Source
separation is needed to engage the public in helping to meet the Zero
Waste goal, to maximize the diversion of materials, and to ensure the
highest quality of materials collected. This would also set a new standard
for such athletic events all over the world, which is an appropriate
outcome of such leadership.
urges the SLOC to arrange for the sole use of recyclable materials for
all beverage containers distributed or sold at the Olympics and compostable
flatware and plates for all food functions where reusable products are
not used. CRRA urges that the SLOC require the maximum use of recycled
content and green building materials in the construction of facilities
for the Olympics.
urges the SLOC to immediately establish a Zero Waste advisory committee
and obtain the necessary expertise to expand its current plans for the
Olympics to truly achieve Zero Waste, or darn close. The SLOC should
also make public on a timely basis all the tonnages of waste generated,
diverted and landfilled from the construction of facilities, events
and deconstruction and demolition at the close of the Olympics.
will share this resolution with the Utah Recycling Association and the
National Recycling Coalition and ask for their help and support in implementing