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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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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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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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