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Alameda Zero Waste Community Workshops on Thursday, June 11th

Please join us for Zero Waste Community Workshops on Thursday, June 11th

Zero waste business meeting – 8:30 to 10 a.m., June 11th
Alameda City Hall Room 360 – 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

Zero waste school site meeting – 3:30 to 5 p.m., June 11th
Alameda High School Media Center – 2201 Encinal Ave.
An Alameda Recreation and Park leader will be on hand to provide activities for kids.

Zero waste community meeting – 7 to 9 p.m.
Alameda Free Library 1550 Oak Street

Alameda launched its zero waste planning process in March with a series of community workshops to identify the opportunities and constraints to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through zero waste initiatives.

At the workshops in March, stakeholders identified many opportunities to improve recycling in Alameda, including:

• Education on the 3Rs
• Business programs to “take back” products
• Waste audit programs
• Prepare for statewide mandatory commercial recycling and countywide plant debris ban
• Build local support for statewide producer responsibility
• Increase financial incentives for commercial recycling and composting collection
• Conduct waste audits at businesses and provide technical assistance and equipment
• Increase business diversion rates via more support and incentives
• Blue cart recycling at schools
• Green cart recycling at schools

The zero waste planning process continues with a discussion of specific policies and programs for reaching zero waste including:

• Mandatory recycling and organics collection for residents and businesses
• Rate incentives for reducing waste
• Exclusive franchises for commercial recycling and construction and demolition debris collection
• Takeback programs for local retailers
• Rolling out recycling and organics services at all multi-family complexes and commercial businesses
• Every other week trash collection

The City of Alameda has partnered with the Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda to sponsor a series of community workshops to identify the policies and programs that we will need to reach zero waste (or close to it).

On June 11th, 2009 we will be holding the workshops — one in the morning focused on businesses, one in the afternoon at a school site and one in the evening addressing community-wide issues.

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