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by Dawn Quirk

The California based Grass Roots Recycling Network is coming to town! Register now for “Building Zero Waste Communities: Tools to Take Home for your Community, School or Business”. The GRRN has recruited speakers from across the country for an exciting program.

About the Conference

The Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA), a newly chartered organization intending to form a new national voice for recycling will be holding its first public meeting and networking reception on Sunday afternoon, October 18. Recycling professionals from all over the United States and Canada will be coming to that meeting and many will stay over for our conference.

And in the “Beyond Recycling” category, the Reuse Alliance will be hosting a reuse summit to discuss next steps for national organizing of reuse and remanufacturing sector, as well as organizing several informative panel discussions on Tuesday.The Monday plenary makes the case that waste and consumption fuel global climate change. Plenary speakers include Peter Anderson, RecycleWorlds Consulting; Joshuah Stolaroff, Recent Fellow at US EPA; Lisa Skumatz, SERA Inc, and Brenda Platt, author of Stop Trashing the Climate.ZERI (Zero Emissions Research Institute is conducting a special 1/2 day workshop: Nature’s Best Sustainability Technologies and Natural Systems on Wednesday October, 21. There is a Zero Waste track for college & university recycling and sustainability staff Tuesday afternoon that would be applicable to any large corporate or institutional setting. This is followed by tours of Tufts and Harvard University Recycling programs on Wednesday.

Zero Waste Businesses & Pollution Prevention will also be featured on Tuesday. We will show how businesses have saved money, increased their efficiency, reduced their liability, and reduced their global footprint by diverting over 90% of their waste from landfills and incinerators, getting to Zero Waste, or darn close. Speakers include: Steve Simon of Atlanta’s Fifth Group Restaurant (dumpster free restaurant) and Stephen Van Middlesworth from Vandenberg Air Force Base and Elizabeth Harriman of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).

ZERI is conducting a special 1/2 day workshop highlighting nature’s best sustainability technologies and natural systems. (see

GRRN has a national mission and recruited speakers from across the country to address attendees; their names are posted on the GRRN website.



Thank you 2009 sponsors: Insinkerator, Altamonte Education Advisory Board, California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA), Global Recycling Council, Resource Recycling Magazine, Save that Stuff, Inc. Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), Sure Close Foodscrap Collection Containers, Eco-Cycle, BioCycle Magazine, Reuse Alliance, Urban Ore & Earth Circle.