Media Release: Zero waste will boost economy, claims US recycling pioneer

ONE of the world’s most successful Zero Waste activists will address a Glasgow conference in August, to argue that a waste free society will be good for the economy and the climate.

Renowned US recycling pioneer, Eric Lombardi, will be the keynote speaker at ‘More Than Furniture 08’, the 5th Annual Furniture Reuse Conference, hosted by The Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS), the membership body for community recycling organisations across the country.

The conference, which this year has the theme of ‘Bigger, Better, Bolder’, will take place on August 27 at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Eric Lombardi is currently executive director of Eco-Cycle, one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the world, with an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation.

During his address to more than 100 delegates from the Scottish furniture reuse sector, Eric will refer to a report which he co-authored on behalf of Eco-Cycle. The report, published earlier this month by the Institute for Local Self Reliance, is entitled ‘Stop Trashing the Climate’.

The report, co-authored by Eric, argues that eradicating waste through the growth of reuse, recycling and composting programmes is the fastest, cheapest and most effective route to combat climate change.

Eric commented: “We’ve linked climate change to our nation’s unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting, and dispelled some of the myths about the climatic benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration.”

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