Hello my name is Paul Kohner time a retired professor of chemistry and I’ve been involved with waste management now for 29 years has taken me to 49 states in the United States several provinces in Canada and 61 other countries and a lot of that experience is summarized in this book my involvement began with a local incineration battle and.
That expanded to fighting incineration throughout the.
United States and Canada and then more recently outside the united states around the world and that movement against incineration thank God has morphed into the zero-waste movement and that’s what this book is all about is in three parts in the first part we.
Talked about sustainability and house zero waste is.
A stepping stone to sustainability and then we break down zero waste into ten steps with examples and.
Then I give the history of the anti incineration movement the arguments against incineration we do that because incineration represents the big obstacle to zero waste and.
Zero waste could easily be corrupted if you add two words if you say zero waste to landfill it allows incineration back into the picture and our zero waste dream.
Goes down the toilet so that’s the first part of the book the second part of the book are essentially case studies of the in some cases a whole program but in other cases exceptional steps examples of good good.
Practices in the individual steps and that’s from around the world particularly from California and and Italy two of the leading places for zero waste and also Nova Scotia but all over the world and.
Then in the third part of the book there are.
10 essays from practitioners of zero waste theoret theoreticians economist and so on these are mostly supposed friends of mine that contributed these ten essays now I’m talking in orillia area and.
This is a zero-waste conference in the first zero-waste conference in ontario possibly in canada but we’re already looking forward to the zero-waste conference in the night nanaimo which is incredibly important because right now in british columbia the co option is going on they the city of vancouver says we have a zero waste program but then Merrilee puts incinerators planning to build at least one incinerator.
Probably more in vancouver so the corruption is ixtapa this principle is this practice is very very visible in nanaimo in vancouver and so that conference is very important and if you go to this conference not only will i be there to sign this book but many of the people have written these it interesting essays at the end i.
There from the top of my head dan map will be there Mary Lou deventer will be there I think Gary list will be there Rick Anthony will be there a buddy buddy boy and Barbara.
Will be there because they’re organizing the the conference so you can have what might become a collector’s item signed by the author the main author and also sign by many of the people that have written key essays in this in this book so this is a is a handbook on the other exciting thing is the forward to.
This book has been written by Jeremy Irons a very famous oscar-winning actor British actor and he also hosted the movie trashed hence the subtitle of this book the zero waste solution untracked applaud one community at a time and.
So we are hoping that we will attract people that want to stop incineration in Vancouver stop incineration in British Columbia re-examine epr which is also being co-opted which is being abused I think re look at the consultants that once promoted incineration and now have weaseled their way into pretending to be zero waste advocates when they are not so there’s a lot of things rotten about British Columbia as far as waste management is good there’s a lot of wonderful things about British Columbia but we hope that citizens will.
Come to rescue genuine zero waste in.
British Columbia rescue zero waste from the clutches of.
These multinational incinerator builders and their pack sees in the local government we also hope to attract people who will learn some of these principles and.
Some of these good practices and.
Take them back to their own communities whether they’re coming from from Canada whether they’re.
Coming from the United States or even beyond and.
That there are people coming from other countries so this is an exciting movement because zero waste is a stepping stone to sustainability and if I.
May just add one thing the one of the most important steps in the ten steps of zero waste is step eight and step eight symbolizes the difference between adding on the incinerator at the end we love the cycle we love composted we love reuse etc etc but we.
Must look after the stuff at the end that’s why we’ve got to burn it that’s why we’re going to.
Build incinerators right now that approach which attempts to make the residual fraction disappear and the zero-waste approach which wants to make the residual fraction very very visible because these are our mistakes these are industrial design mistakes bad packaging bad products and to correct those mistakes we have to study them and make them visible that’s.
Screening and zero waste research facility so hopefully we will.
Get more discussion on these ideas at the conference which is being spa sponsored by zero waste Canada this is a newly formed organization.
And I’m very pleased that I’ve just agreed being invited and have gladly accepted to be on the border of zero waste Canada let’s go on an I’m on.