Zero Waste America (ZWA)

Zero Waste America (ZWA)

On the Road to Zero Waste: Canberra Video

This video was shot on two visits to Canberra (July of 2002 and 2003). On both occasions Paul interviews Graham Mannall, Manager for Policy & Strategy of the ACT No Waste program. Graham shows the site where the new Resource Recovery Estate is being built (the government will own the infrastructure); as well as examples of the kind of business modules which will be co-located there. These modules will include a giant materials recovery facility as well as companies which will be seeking to make new products out of clean separated materials, and thereby capture the value added potential in these resources while at the same time generating much needed jobs. The kind of activities illustrated are huge composting facilities; deconstruction and reclamation of building materials; reuse of materials like lumber, household appliances etc; recycling paint as well as an education facility. This is an exciting tape and will surely persuade some local officials, who traditionally see the waste as a 'disposal' problem, to see the issue differently and more positively. As of 2004, Camberra is diverting 70% of the waste from landfill. (29 Minutes; July 2004).

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