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.
California Resource Recovery Association
RESOLUTION CONCERNING ZERO WASTE AND RECYCLING
AT THE SALT LAKE OLYMPICS
Adopted July 8, 2001
Whereas, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City
is promoting itself as a "Zero Waste" event, and
Whereas, 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
Whereas, 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
Whereas, 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.
Now, therefore be it resolved by the Board
of Directors of CRRA that:
1. CRRA applauds the SLOC adoption of a goal
of "Zero Waste".
2. The 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.
3. 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.
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.
4. CRRA 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.
5. CRRA 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.
6. CRRA will share this resolution with the
Utah Recycling Association and the National Recycling Coalition
and ask for their help and support in implementing this resolution.