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Plans for a TOWARDS 2020 ZERO WASTE event has been announced. All are welcome to attend the 2-hour meeting in Room 7, Coventry City Council House on Earl Street in Coventry (CV1 5 RR) on Tuesday 27th July from 3 – 5 pm. The meeting will be Chaired by Tony McNally, Managing Director, Climate Change Solutions Ltd.

The Agenda includes:

A Strategy towards 2020 Zero Waste, the business case will be presented by Peter Jones. Peter is the chair of a specialist group looking at a Zero Waste economy for Advantage West Midlands. He is former director of Biffa Waste Services and an advisor on zero waste for the Scottish Parliament and the Greater London Assembly. He will talk about how waste management and the recycling sector is the next significant opportunity for businesses, creating jobs and putting the region at the very heart of the governments green low carbon revolution. Ralph Hepworth, of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme will also contribute.

Participants will also be treated to an introduction to the 2020 Zero Waste Project Network by Jane Green, of Friends of the Earth. A meeting to initiate a ‘2020 Zero Waste Project Network’ was held in February with Professor Paul Connett from St Lawrence University, New York, an international specialist and campaigner for Zero Waste. Draft ‘aims’ for a ZW Network were discussed. This project would aim to establish a central hub, with office facilities and a team to develop this initiative, as well as a network of volunteers. It would be complemented by a virtual network linking relevant partners and projects, locally and globally, from business, public sector and community.

According to Jane Green:

The establishment of a 2020 Zero Waste Network would seek to establish an initial ‘Zero Waste’ Centre by integrating academic and technical expertise in one place.

A 2020 ZW working group will be formed that would involve all interested parties to further the 2020 ZW initiative – in particular to consider possible funding and a Waste Conference for review / consultation with all stakeholders. The working group would also be tasked with establishing the terms and responsibilities for the network and frequency of meetings.

One Response to “Zero Waste for Coventry?”

  1. May I urge all Warwickshire people who want to see a sensible recycling policy to come to this meeting. Professor Connett is an inspirational speaker and his previous talk in Coventry is also posted on this web site (as YouTube video).

    Congratulations to jane Green and the CRACIN people for following this idea through!

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