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Trash Talk: Helping Fairfax Achieve Zero Waste

Learn from a panel of experts what Zero Waste means and how you can help Fairfax achieve its zero waste goals.

Is it possible to achieve zero waste?  By looking at our landfills it seems to be an impossible task.  But when you dump out a trash can and inspect every item that is thrown away, there is an alternate solution for most everything.  Learn about the possibilities on Sept. 20 at Trash Talk, a free educational and collaborative event on zero waste hosted by Sustainable Fairfax, and taking place at the Fairfax Community Church at 6:45 p.m. 

The event will feature a dynamic panel of experts from diverse backgrounds:

Kim Scheibly, Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Marin Sanitary Service, will address waste management and landfill practices.  Andy Peri, founding member of Green Sangha and co-founder of Rethink Plastics, will trace the evolution and destruction of plastics in our environment.  Rebecca Burgess, founder of the non-profit Fibershed and author of Harvesting Color, will speak about our sense of place and commitment to our watershed.  Carrie Bachelder, founder of the Away Station in Fairfax, will discuss re-purposing of materials and how to diminish our “throw-away” habits.

Community members will be invited to help develop creative solutions to reduce common sources of landfill waste, and will leave the event with a concrete action plan in-hand.

This event is part of a larger initiative to help the Town of Fairfax reach its goal of zero waste by 2020, five years ahead of Marin County.  Earlier this year, the Town entered into an agreement with Marin Sanitary Service to divert 94% of waste from our local landfill by the 2020 goal.  To further this effort, the Town contracted with Sustainable Fairfax to hold workshops, coordinate take-back, recycling, and composting programs within the community, and teach residents concrete steps to re-think and reduce what we buy and throw away on our road to zero waste.

The zero waste project has seen great successes this year, including an 84% diversion from landfill at the Fairfax Festival.  Come to the event this evening and be a part of the movement that will have an enormous impact on saving our natural resources and reducing environmental pollutants and emissions.  See you on the road to zero waste.

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C Ross September 20, 2012 at 06:21 PM
When I worked at a public school, the kids were taught more about garbage than math, only to find that most of their recycling efforts were for less than naught. Much of what was put in recycling bins was NOT actually recycled and paper was wasted with posters and flyers, etc., that mostly ended up in the wrong can, if it was picked up at all. Time and energy, which would have much better been spent actually teaching these kids, was wasted. I for one, think it's time to stop making our children feel guilty for "our" waste, especially those whose families can't afford to keep replacing -- or buy in the first place -- $25 designer water bottles that invariably end up in the lost and found (Perhaps to resurface on the shelves of Georgi and Willow?) For my part, I'm mostly avoiding shopping at places like LRG Emporium, which not only has inflated prices, but charges for bags and "donates" to Sustainable Fairfax without permission, apparently to pay for talks like this one, which in turn are designed to try to make me bear the brunt of others' "waste", including local administrators and officials. (How many tons of paper are wasted because of the County ordinance for charging for bags, which penalizes merchants? Where is that money collected in bags and fines even going? And don't even get me started about the phone books at the post office, or the junk mail that fills our mailboxes, from candidates bragging about how "green" they are. Yeah right!)
Sierra Salin September 21, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Dyanne, you sound an awefool lot like someone with some coffee to grind, and you are grumping up the wrong tree, my old friend. Apples and oranges baba, and I'm sorry for your previous experience. Waste is just a waste, and education is likely the most important thing there is, along with sane governance and policy based within the rules and laws of nature. We have work to do.
Ali L. September 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Fun event -- thanks to all you Sustainable Fairfax folks who put this on. I like the themes of thinking about practical ways to reduce waste in our daily routines while pushing the mentality up the system to stores, manufacturers, etc. Great speakers!!!

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