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Waste Reduction, Waste. Wise & Pollution Prevention
Why Waste Reduction? □ Good business sense □ Saves money □ Reduced purchasing and waste disposal costs □ Reduced regulatory exposure
Waste. Wise □ Free, voluntary, EPA program □ Eliminate municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes □ Flexible program □ Design your own waste reduction program □ Tailored to your needs
Benefits □ Waste. Wise Helpline □ Toll-free helpline □ Extensive library and compendium □ Waste. Wise Technical Assistance Team □ Provide individual technical assistance □ Help to complete the Assessment Form □ Public Recognition □ Awards, Forums
Participants □ 1693 partners □ >54 industry sectors □ Large corporations, small and medium-sized businesses □ Schools, colleges, universities □ Hospitals □ State and local governments, tribes, and other institutions □ 322 endorsers □ Membership-based organizations □ >15 industry sectors
Results □ >120 million tons of waste reduced since 1994 □ ~16 million tons of waste eliminated in 2005 □ >500 tons of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) & >5, 000 tons of low-density polyethylene reused and donated □ >63, 500 tons of food waste eliminated □ 4, 000 tons of PCs recycled
Waste. Wise Communities □ Local governments join Waste. Wise □ Focus on reducing residential municipal solid waste □ Gain recognition/awards for efforts
Why Waste. Wise Communities? □ Waste reduction activities, such as waste prevention and recycling □ Practical and economic benefits □ Help communities conserve resources and mitigate global climate change □ Reflects Waste. Wise’s emphasis on the link between global climate change and waste □ Help partners understand how to decrease their climate footprint □ Provide tools and resources for economically viable solutions to reduce waste and limit GHG emissions
Waste. Wise & Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) □ Recycling – achieving a 35% recycling rate for municipal solid waste by 2008 □ Organic materials, paper, and primary packaging/containers □ Beneficial use of secondary materials □ Reducing electronics waste □ Waste. Wise offers partners strategies to increase reuse and recycling of these materials.
2007 Waste. Wise and NPEP Annual Conference: Building Community and Business Partnerships November 13 th -15 th, 2007 The Marriott at Metro Center Washington, DC.
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, everascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb. ” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)