Zero Waste Resources
- Grass Roots Recycling Network (GRRN) Zero Waste Page
- Sound Resource Management – Zero Waste in the 21st Century
- Zero Waste America
- Zero Waste International Alliance
- Zero Waste New Zealand
- Zero Waste Alliance Ireland
- Zero Waste Irvine, California
- My Zero Waste – Information for personal progress
- The Industrial Ecology Homepage
- The International Society for Industrial Ecology
- NPPC Industrial Ecology Resource
- The Journal of Industrial Ecology
Life Cycle Analysis
- EnviroWindows LCA Information Sources
- Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment
- Sustainable Products Purchasers Coalition uses purchasing power to accelerate adoption of the use of LCA tools
Green Chemistry and Chemicals
- American Chemical Society Education – Green Chemistry
- EPA Green Chemistry Homepage
- The Green Chemistry Institute
- Green Chemistry Network
- Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Homepage
- Green Chemistry at the University of Oregon
- More Green Chemistry Links
Design for Environment
- Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance DfE Toolkit
- US EPA Design for Environment Program Home
- University of Washington Mechanical Engineering DfE Laboratory
Environmental Management Systems
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
- EPA Environmental Management Systems Clearinghouse
- Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems
- National Database on Environmental Management Systems
- Many more EMS links from the Zero Waste Alliance web site
Recycling Resources (alphabetical)
The Zero Waste Alliance serves other organizations. In order to address individual requests for information about recycling, we have collected the following:
- Electronics Recycling – See the E-waste section below
- Charitable Recycling – Easy cell phone recycling with a charitable donation for each one.
- Earth 911 – Enter your item and zip code to find a recycler.
- Fluorescent Lamp Recyclers List by NEMA
- Green Guide to Recycling Appliances (and Electronics)
- Home Depot CFL Bulb Recycling Program at all stores
- Metro – for recycling just about anything in the greater Portland, Oregon area.
http://www.metro-region.org/ or call (503) 234-3000, Mon – Sat.
- Recycling Super Guide – Learn how to recycle, and why recycling benefits the environment.
- Recycling Resources for Appliances and other Kitchen Items
- Vehicle Recycling
Compact Fluorescent Lamps
- Shopper’s guide to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Find lower mercury contend and longer life bulbs.
- The Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers has a CD with information and educational tools regarding handling and recycling of fluorescent lamps. It also contains state-by-state information. The CD is online at: http://www.almr.org/almr_project_web.html.
- EPA guidance for cleaning up a broken CFL
Electronic products contain some toxic materials. to avoid human and environmental degradation these products must be managed properly at the end if their lives. If you need ammunition to give others, refer them to the CBS News segment, “The Electronic Wasteland” that tells the story of a Southern Chinese city, Guiya, located in Guangdong Province and get a copy of the Basil Action Network’s video “Exporting Harm.” http://www.ban.org/#ToOrderExportingHarmTheVideo.
The National Geographic’s January 2008 issue has a feature article titled, High Tech Trash. Don’t miss the photo gallery and interactive tour links on the left of the page. You can test your e-waste IQ too!
Good electronic product management has three strategies:
1. Purchase greener electronic products. Buy only EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) registered computers. They will have many advantages such as more recycled content, lower toxics, lower energy use, etc. In addition, the manufacturers will take their products back at the end of life. The federal government is required to buy at least 95% EPEAT registered computers and other organizations should do so too. The EPEAT criteria and registered products are available at http://www.epeat.net.
2. Reduce impacts during use. Keep the power management settings adjusted for minimum energy use; turn off when not in use for hours and use upgrades to extend the product’s lifetime.
3. Manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way. Check out the EPA’s Plug-In to eCycling guidelines http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/plugin/guide.htm
Electronics recyclers nationwide can be found through the Electronics Recycling Center. http://www.electronicsrecycling.org/search/search.aspx. When you find a recycler, be sure to ask them if they handle the waste according to the eCycling guidelines. For a list of recycling companies that have promised not to export hazardous waste or dispose of it in landfills, check the website of the Basel Action Network, a group that advocates green solutions to e-waste issues: http://ban.org/pledge1.html.
The Oregon legislature passed an electronics recycling law in 2007, creating a free statewide collection program. The Oregon DEQ has contracted with the team of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) and the Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) to design, implement, and manage the program. Information and collection locations are here:
These strategies are part of the Federal Electronic Challenge. For more information and resources, see http://www.federalelectronicschallenge.net/overview.htm.
- NSF Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes
- SavingCivilization.org This site is about turning around our economy and environment.
- OurEarth.org promotes environmental education and awareness
- Oregon DEQ’s Eco-Logical Business program
Related Auto Shop Sustainability Study (pdf)
- The-Science-Lab.com a comprehensive directory of science related websites