May, 2013

Getting to Zero (Waste)

7:00 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Highland Park Baptist Church


Bob Gedert

with Bob Gedert, Director, Austin Resource Recovery

  • Did you know that “Zero Waste” means much more than simply recycling everything?
  • Did you know how Austin expects to achieve Zero Waste by 2040?
  • Come explore answers to these questions at our next symposium.

This month’s symposium will begin with an introduction from our own David Hogan, member of IEN’s Energy Action Team and the Austin Zero Waste Alliance. David will review the meanings of Zero Waste, which includes notions such as “extended producer responsibility” and designing products for deconstructable, salvageable, and non-toxic product component reuse. Zero Waste practices also bring deeper economic, social, and environmental benefits to communities, such as: resource conservation, climate protection, pollution prevention, job creation, and reduced business costs.


Featured speaker Bob Gedert, director of Austin Resource Recovery (formerly the City of Austin’s Solid Waste Services Department) and vice president of the National Recycling Coalition, will give an update on current Zero Waste programs such as: Pay-As-You-Throw, the Single-use Bag Ordinance, Universal Recycling, Hazardous Waste, and Curbside Organics Collection, as well as an outline of future programs from Austin’s Zero Waste Master Plan.

Getting to zero is going to require the general citizenry pulling together to get the job done and houses of worship are in a unique position to provide leadership. Join us in learning from Austin’s Zero Waste experts about how you can participate!


What: Symposium with Q&A
Where: Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive, 78731
(map link here)
(512) 453-6603; free parking on site, all are welcome!
When: Tue, 5/7/13, 7pm to 8:30pm

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