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Reaching for Zero Waste is contagious.

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/reaching-for-zero-waste-is-contagious/
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The idea of reaching for zero waste is contagious and improves with each new effort to reach 90% or more diversion from landfill and incinerators.

The city of Parma, Italy, population 190,000 jumped from 45% recycling in 2012 to just under 75% this year.  Intensive curbside recycling, buttressed by a pay as you throw system and lots of education allowed them to jump to new levels of recycling within four years of reaching 45% recycling.

Per capita waste declined by a dramatic 59% in only four years and added 44 direct jobs to the local economy. The city has saved $700,000 in these four years.

Download The Story of Parma – a case study by Zero Waste Europe, 2016.

About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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