CALL ON SALT LAKE OLYMPICS TO SEPARATE RECYCLING FROM TRASH CAUTIONS
CALLING PLANNED SYSTEM 'ZERO WASTE'
Leading recyclers applaud the Salt Lake Olympics
Committee (SLOC) for adopting a goal of Zero Waste for the Winter
2002 Games, but caution against using the term to describe the currently
Athens, Georgia-based GrassRoots Recycling
Network (GRRN), the leading organization advocating zero waste,
spearheaded the resolution at the California Resource Recovery Association
(CRRA) Annual Members Meeting in Pasadena CA on July 8.
The adopted resolution (reproduced below)
states, "The Zero Waste goal will only have value if a more
comprehensive plan for reducing waste and reusing, recycling and
composting materials is implemented."
The CRRA resolution also states, "The
planned system that has visitors mixing recyclables with trash will
not achieve the SLOC's stated Zero Waste goal. ... CRRA 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."
"We are hopeful that SLOC will respond
positively to the resolution," said Bill Sheehan, executive
director of GRRN. "However, SLOC must significantly modify
its purchasing, service and education plans for the Olympics if
it is to describe this as a 'Zero Waste' system. Collecting and
processing mixed wastes will not result in 90% or greater waste
diversion, nor in the quality of products that is expected from
a true Zero Waste system."
GrassRoots Recycling Network (www.grrn.org
) is a North American network of waste reduction activists and professionals,
and is the U.S. leader in a growing international movement for Zero
California Resource Recovery Association
(www.crra.com), the oldest and largest state recycling association
in the United States, joined with Sierra Club's Solid Waste Committee
and Washington DC-based to form GRRN in 1995.