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Zero Waste: Can Americans Alter Our Behavior to Cut Out All Waste?


According to the EPA, the average American throws out 4.4 pounds of trash a day. The Zero Waste movement ends to aim that by changing the entire system so that no waste goes to landfills.

Zero Waste includes the concept of recycling, but goes beyond it, encouraging a wholesale change in the lifecycle of most products. It includes citizens who aim for a Zero Waste lifestyle, retailers and manufactures who are rethinking how they make and package products, and municipalities rethinking their waste management systems.


Cindy Isenhour, professor of anthropology, University of Maine

Sara Nichols, Sustainable Maine director, Natural Resources Council of Maine

Claire Weinberg, owner, Dulse & Rugosa; author, “Zero Waste Journey” blog

Laura Marston (by phone), owner, Go Go Refill in South Portland



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