Monday, August 17, 2009

The Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance, part of the zero waste movement (far beyond ordinary recycling) will stop at nothing!

The Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance (CTZWA) chapter in Austin is part of a national movement to eliminate the concept of waste entirely by treating "waste" as a resource in disguise. Related organizations include the Zero Waste Alliance, the Southwest Network for Zero Waste and Zero Waste International Alliance.

The case for zero waste is made in a 2001 power point "Zero Waste the Key to our Future" produced by the Zero Waste Alliance from which the two slides to the left were taken.

The concept of zero waste was also promoted in the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. The idea is to move beyond recycling. To them recycling merely turns higher quality products into lower quality ones that are discarded. "It is not recycling, it is just slow motion waste" in the words of Amazon reviewer David C N Swanson.

The CTZWA is committed to "the realization of a sustainable zero waste (or darn close) economy in Central Texas before 2040." They are working to educate about, advocate for, and promote Zero Waste in Central Texas, by working with the general public, elected officials, governmental staff, businesses, schools, Councils of Government, institutions, state agencies, religious organizations, non-profits, the media, citizen and environmental groups, and any other relevant entities.

The CTZWA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at 611 South Congress Ave Ste 200, Austin Tx 78704 (south of the river near Congress and Riverside).

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