The enlargement of “Mt. Trashmore” has been stalled by the court. Will this help Marin move toward zero waste?
A judge’s ruling to throw out Redwood Landfill’s Impact statement, on which Waste Management’s expansion plans were based, at least protects Marin’s North Bay wetlands and waters from environmental threats critics have charged were being ignored. The ruling also calls attention to the antiquated custom of throwing all our “trash” in a hole in the ground instead of recycling and using most of it. Waste engineers have said perhaps all but about 6 percent of our waste stream could be put to use as resources, and the term “waste’ could become obsolete once better design and producer take-back husbanded materials more rationally.
In Marin, lip service to zero waste cosmeticizes slow movement forward; our waste stream is still as large as ever, and Redwood is filling up. Continue Reading →