The Zero-Waste Park

Eric Lombardi, a waste-management guru, has drawn up a fanciful plan for an "eco-cycle, zero waste park" which reimagines the dump as a composting, recycling, and educating facility.
August 27, 2008, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"The park would be a one-stop dumping ground for truck loads of already-sorted city waste. The park includes a composting facility for organic materials; reuse center for still-good items; a center for hard-to-recycle materials (Eco-Cycle has already successfully created one of these in Boulder); a materials recovery facility for recovering valuable technical nutrients like metals; a residue facility for handling any trash that is leftover after the former; and a public education center.

Lombardi's plan doesn't invent a way to deal with waste, it simply connects the dots between established solutions. "None of the technologies in my park is new," says Lombardi. "They're simple, proven, low-tech and little risk."

And making an investment in zero-waste can be enormously profitable to a city – but only if residents commit to sorting their waste much more zealously than we do right now. But that in itself is a wise move that would benefit everyone."

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Published on Monday, August 25, 2008 in WorldChanging
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