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Resolution Declaring March 17th through 22nd, 2013 Zero Waste Week in [City/County/Organization] 


The placement of materials in waste disposal facilities, such as landfills and incinerators, causes damage to human health, wastes natural resources and/or wrongly transfers liabilities to future generations, and

For every ton of municipal discards generated, there are 71 tons of manufacturing, mining and construction debris generated, and

Waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting conserve natural resources, reduce pollution and are cheaper than destructive disposal when all costs are considered and create more jobs in local communities, and

Zero Waste initiatives, including Zero Waste community programs, Zero Waste businesses, Zero Waste policies such as Extended Producer Responsibility, programs and infrastructure and other high diversion activities can contribute reducing the impact of discarded materials in our environment, and

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach in which producers assume financial responsibility for management for the end of life of their products and which has been shown to be effective at increasing recovery and reducing costs of recovery systems; and

When products are reused or recycled responsibly, and when health and environmental costs are included in the product price, there is an incentive to design products that are more durable, easier to repair and recycle, and less toxic; and

The Zero Waste International Alliance, the GrassRoots Recycling Network, and the Northern California Recycling Association is hosting International Zero Waste Week, March 17-22, 2013, and the 8th Zero Waste International Dialog and 18th annual Recycling Update  on March 19th and 20th in the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A. as well as tours of Zero Waste faculties and businesses,

There is a need to codify worldwide Zero Waste standards for communities, businesses, and service providers around the world and the Zero Waste Week - San Francisco Bay Area will include a meeting of international experts from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States to discuss these standards, and

There is a need to create action worldwide to support Zero Waste beyond the scope of the conference and Zero Waste Week will promote the action taken by municipalities, counties and other organizations around the world to promote Zero Waste in their home communities,

[City/ County/ Organization] declares March 17th through 22nd, 2013 to be “Zero Waste Week” and supports the dialog to be undertaken by participants from around the world in advancing the goal of Zero Waste and high diversion.

Be it further resolved that in addition to adopting this resolution, [City/ County/ Organization] declares its commitment to take local action to support Zero Waste. Activities can include events highlighting the benefits and demonstrating the practices of high diversion, Zero Waste, policies promoting Zero Waste such as environmentally preferred product procurement, mandatory recycling and composting, and extended producer responsibility, curriculum teaching about Zero Waste, and tours to waste diversion facilities and/or certified green buildings.

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