City Workshop Focuses On Zero Waste

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The city of Chattanooga Office of Sustainability on Tuesday will host a workshop on recycling, waste reuse, and waste stream analysis as ways to stimulate the economy.

Participants will discuss recycling participation, new organics and food waste programs, waste recovery systems, and how businesses can recover materials as a way to create sustainable jobs and expand the local tax base.

The workshop will be held in the Development Resource Center at 1250 Market St., Room 1A from 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m.  A press conference will follow.

The morning session will report on best practices that have helped other cities reach 50-70 percent diversion and create over 1,000 jobs. It will also review new technologies and policies that increase waste diversion and discuss their uses in Chattanooga.

10 AM Neil Seldman, president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Washington, DC. Afternoon sessions will be held on the organic fraction of the waste stream – up to 50 percent of total waste in Chattanooga.

1 p.m.   Holly Elmore of Elemental Impact, on food recovery programs in the city of Atlanta’s private sector, the Zero Waste Zone, and the Atlanta International Airport.

2 p.m.  Dr. David Epstein M.D. of Bioponica, Inc., Atlanta, on the use of composted organics.

3 PM Kendall Christiansen of Gaia Strategies, New York, and a senior consultant for environmental affairs for InSinkErator.

4 PM Press conference to discuss the implications of a Zero Waste program for Chattanooga.

RSVP to Ongeleigh Gipson, Zero Waste Coordinator, at gipson_o@chattanooga.gov for the presentations that you will be attending. Indicate if you will join us for lunch.


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