EFFECORTA Rifiuti Zero Capannori

Our friends from Ambiente Futuro have shared this video featuring Paul Connett’s tour in Capannori. Enjoy!

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Download the presentations

The presentations are now up on the site. Please click the link “Presentations” on the header [https://zerowastepilipinas.wordpress.com/presentations/] to download the slides. The other presentations, especially those on November 20, have not been uploaded yet so please be patient.

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Conference Program – Final

There were several changes made in the course of the program. Click on the link to download the latest program for the 6th Zero Waste International Conference. Thank you.


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Flight Reservation Advisory

Due to limited seats arranged for the packaged airline flights, would-be registrants (those who will sign up after November 6) are advised to book their own tickets to Puerto Princesa City. You can still make hotel/inn reservations through the online registration page.

Airline tickets can be booked through these local carriers:

Cebu Pacific – http://www.cebupacificair.com/

Philippine Airlines – http://www.philippineairlines.com

Zest Air – http://www.zestair.com.ph/

Email miko[at]motherearth.ph for questions about your registration. Thank you.

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Conference Overview


Zero waste programs are the fastest and most cost effective ways that local governments, institutions and businesses can contribute to reducing climate change, protect health, create green jobs and promote local sustainability. Many governments and communities have adopted such strategies, recognizing the potential of local initiatives in tackling environmental crises. Despite these efforts, we are still far from fully mounting a serious challenge to unsustainable waste management practices that lead to even bigger disasters such as those brought by climate change.

Mother Earth Foundation and the Zero Waste International Alliance, with the National Solid Waste Management Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines as co-convenors, will host the 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue from November 18 to 21, 2009. The annual event, which will be held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum in Palawan, will gather government officials and representatives from non-government organizations and academic institutions. The Dialogue is supported by government organizations and non-profit groups such as the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), the Eco Waste Coalition and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).

The 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue carries an overarching theme, “Zero Waste Solutions in the Face of Climate, Chemical and Financial Crises,” to illustrate the huge potential of zero waste solution in averting these crises through careful measures presented in plenary and skills-share sessions. Likewise, the conference is divided into three discussion topics: Zero Waste as a Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Measure; Zero Waste as a Tool for Chemical Safety; and Zero Waste as a Job and Livelihood Solution. In addition, the discussion will cover issues on obstacles to achieving zero waste, dumpsite closure, extended producer responsibility and model ecological solid waste management practices, among others. To culminate the conference, eco-tours will cover trips to Puerto Princesa City’s barangay-level materials recovery facilities and tourist destinations such as the Puerto Princesa City Subterranean River National Park, Honda Bay, the Iwahig Penal Colony and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center.

Among the panelists and speakers are Dr. Paul Connett (Professor of Chemistry, St Lawrence University, New York, USA), Rick Anthony (California Resource Recovery Association, USA), Shibu Nair (Thanal, India), Mark Gorrell (Urban Ore), Nancy Gorrell (Community Conservation Centers), Gerry Gillespie (New South Wales Department of Environment & Conservation, Australia), Mal Williams (Cylch – Wales Community Recycling Network), Rossano Ercolini (ZW Italian Network), Paolo Guarnaccia (Terre di Sicilia, Italy), Muna Lakhani (Zero Waste Institute in Africa) and Maxine Narburgh (Bright Green, UK).

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For International Delegates: Travel Info


Conference speakers that will be arriving at the Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, please take the exit at letter M gate where our representative is waiting for you with your name on a piece of paper.  The representative will accompany you to your hotel at City State Tower Hotel, 1315 A. Mabini St., corner Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila—approximately 30 minutes away from the airport.

For those with Philippine Airlines tickets, you will be arriving at the Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.  Another representative will wait and accompany you to Citystate  as well.

For departures, please leave the hotel 3 hours prior your departure time.

On your way to Puerto Princesa City, Mother Earth representatives will meet you at the airport.  For those with Zest Air tickets, please proceed to Old Domestic Airport while those with Cebu Pacific tickets, proceed to Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport and those with Philippine Airline tickets, proceed to domestic departure area of Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Once you have arrived at Puerto Princesa City, Mother Earth representatives will assist you until you have settled into your respective hotels.

In case of emergencies, please call Archie Abellar at +63 2 925-3829 or +63 919 225 3262 in Manila; or Miko Aliño at +63 2 922 845 6242 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.


  • The currency in the Philippines is peso.
  • Bank notes: 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 pesos.

1USD = 46.51 pesos
1Euro = 69.15 pesos

  • All major credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops. E.g. American Express, Mastercard and Visa.
  • ATM machines are available anywhere in Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa City.

Banking hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.


The Philippines is a tropical country.  Since it is November, we have clear bright sunny days, and there is tendency for warm and humid day time.  But it is cool during night time.  As of November 14, there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine area of responsibility.

Temperature: In November, 22°C to 33°C

What to Wear

Light clothing is ideal especially if you want to venture outdoors.  At night it gets chilly due to gust out of North East Monsoon.

During the conference, smart casual must be fine.  You may bring a shawl or summer jacket because it might get colder inside the conference venue.


In Manila, taxi is always available in front of your hotel.  All taxicabs have air-conditioning and flag down rate is Php 30.00.  However, Php 60.00 for Yellow Cab Fleet and it has reliable meter counter and air-conditioning.  These are ubiquitous at international airport.

If you want to roam around Metro Manila, you may ride a bus, jeepney and Metro train.  They are more efficient for sight seeing and to witness local colors.

During the conference, the venue, Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, is a few minutes jeepney or tricycle ride from your hotel.


The current here is 220 volts.  If you have round and prolonged plugs, make sure to bring an adaptor.


Wi-fi internet connections are available in Turisimo Inn and Asturias Hotel.  Please ask hotel personnel for assistance.


The conference will be capped with an eco-tour to St. Paul Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.  It is one of the nominees for 7 New Wonders of Nature.  There are also site-visits to various materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in the city of Puerto Princesa.

Optional eco-tours will also be available such as in Honda Bay (island hopping), Dos Palmas (snorkeling) and the Puerto Princesa City Tour.

Note:  While enjoying the scenic beauty of Puerto Princesa, make sure to bring sun block lotion and bug spray for a comfortable and fantastic stay in the eco-tourism capital of the Philippines.

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About Puerto Princesa

Visit http://puertoprincesa.ph/index.php?page=gi for more information about Puerto Princesa, geography, climate, the Subterranean River and the Honda Bay Islands.

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Zero-waste initiative gains momentum in Puerto Princesa

Published on Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph)

Zero-waste initiative in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan has gained its momentum with the compliance of 90 percent of its barangays having at least one materials recovery facility (MRF), a requirement under the provisions of the Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001.

In partnership with Mother Earth Foundation (MEF), Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn instituted environmentally-sound projects, such as ensuring that only residual wastes are discarded in the landfill.

Five months after the implementation of the project, MEF said of the total 66 barangays in Puerto Princesa City, only one has no existing MRF to date from 10 percent prior to the partnership.

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ZWIA Global Principles for Zero Waste Communities

Global Principles for Zero Waste Communities [1]

The Planning Group of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) adopted the following Principles on August 12, 2009 to guide and evaluate current and future Zero Waste policies and programs established by local governments. The first public release of these Principles was at the GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) National Recycling & Zero Waste Conference in Devens, MA on October 19, 2009.  These were formulated at the 5th International Dialog on Zero Waste in Naples, Italy earlier this year.

Presenting these Global Principles for Zero Waste Communities at the GRRN Conference, Rick Anthony highlighted “These will be the basis for evaluating the commitment of communities to achieve Zero Waste. These Principles will also enable residents, businesses, policymakers and the public in general to better evaluate how well communities are moving towards Zero Waste.”  Anthony continued, “There are three overarching goals needed for sustainable resource management:

1)   Producer responsibility at the front end of the problem: industrial production and design.

2)   Community responsibility at the back end of the problem: consumption, discard use and disposal.

3)   Political responsibility to bring both community and industrial responsibility together in a harmonious whole.

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MEF creates ripples in Guimaras

After attending a seminar by Mother Earth Foundation (MEF), local officials of Oracon in Guimaras gathered residents and volunteers to construct their own MRF and start the implementation of Ecological Solid Waste Management in the barangay. In the process, they became the first barangay in the province to be compliant to Section 32 of Republic Act 9003 which states that “There shall be established a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in every barangay or cluster of barangays.”

To further encourage the residents to participate in the project, the barangay will also implement the “Basura mo, Palit Grocery” Project , a strategy they also learned in the seminar. In this project, residents will earn points every time they bring segregated wastes to the MRF. The said points can be used to redeem basic household items like rice, sugar, sardines and soap, among others. Initial funding was provided by Add Up! Volunteers, the same group who sponsored the first seminar conducted my MEF in the province.

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List of Speakers


1. Edward S. Hagedorn – Mayor, Puerto Princesa City
2. Jose L. Atienza – Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
3. Manny Calonzo – Co-coordinator, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
4. Gerardo V. Calderon – National Solid Waste Management Commission
5. Dr. Maximo M. Estela – Mayor, Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte)
6. Caesar Perez – Mayor, Los Baños (Laguna)
7. Enrico Echiverri – Mayor, Caloocan City
8. Raul Daza – Governor, Northern Samar
9. Numero “Uno” Lim – Councilor, 2nd District Manila
10. Sr. Arcelita Sarnillo, SPC
11. Atty. Antonio Oposa Jr. – Law of Nature Foundation
12. Mila Andrade – Municipal Agriculturist, Altavas (Aklan)


1. Richard Anthony – Zero Waste International Alliance / California Resource Recovery Association
2. Ralph Ryder – Zero Waste Alliance UK
3. Rossano Ercolini – ZW Italian Network
4. Muna Lakhani – Zero Waste Institute in Africa
5. Shibu Nair – Thanal
6. Gerry Gillespie – New South Wales Department of Environment & Conservation
7. Paul Connett – St. Lawrence University
8. Mark Gorrell – Urban Ore
9. Joan Marc Simon – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
10. Paolo Guarnaccia – Terre di Sicilia
11. Adria Pittock – Suffolk UK
12. Patrizia Lo Sciuto – Zero Waste Trapani-Sicily
13. Nancy Gorrell – Urban Ore
14. Maxine Narburgh, Bright Green UK

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