Monday, April 15, 2024
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MST)
Zero Waste Principles & Practices

The Zero Waste Principles & Practices training course is a joint undertaking of SWANA and the California Resource Recovery Association. It encompasses a broad overview of zero waste principles and practices in 10 modules covering public policy, programs, technology, and measurement:

  • Introduction to Zero Waste, including a survey of different definitions and perspectives
  • What’s In Your Waste Stream?
  • Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream: understanding Zero Waste strategies as they affect each stage of product lifestyles
  • Collections Options
  • Processing Technology Options
  • Managing Organics
  • Public Venues and Challenging Materials
  • Changing Behavior through Education and Outreach
  • Financing and Funding
  • Contracting and Partnerships

The course provides many opportunities for discussion among instructors and participants. It draws on current materials and examples from outside the published manual and engages students in several in-class exercises.

Who Should Attend? Entry and mid-level managers of programs and systems serving local governments and other industry professionals who work in an advisory or consulting capacity with municipal programs and staff.

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