The Future of Zero Waste: A Presentation and Panel Discussion

From Catherine Marquez ’16:

Connecticut burns more trash per person than any other state in the country, while its recycling rate has remained stagnant for over a decade. Last year, Wesleyan sent 669 tons of waste to the incinerator, while diverting 30% of its waste to recycling and compost. Zero Waste is a new perspective that holds that it is possible to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost enough that we no longer send anything to landfills and incinerators. Come to learn what Zero Waste means, if it’s really possible, and about current attempts to increase recycling and reduce waste on campus, in Middletown, and across the state.

Panelists include:
Abe Scarr – Director, ConnPIRG, leading statewide zero waste efforts
Kim O’Rourke – Recycling Coordinator, Town of Middletown
Jen Kleindienst – Sustainability Coordinator, Wesleyan & Students from WesCompost and Wesleyan Food Rescue

Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Cost: Free

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