27 Jul '11, 7pm

Beware of "zero waste-to-landfill" claims

It seems like all automaker's tout their zero-waste scheme , right? But is zero-waste all that it's cracked up to be? Take, for example, Honda . In mid-July, Honda announced that ten of its 14 facilities in North America achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status. An accomplishment worthy of mention, right? Well, maybe not. According to BioCycle magazine columnist, Eric Lombardi, the phrase "zero-waste-to-landfills" is often assumed to mean, well, zero waste. Problem is, zero waste doesn't equal zero-waste-to-landfills. Lombardi claims: The problem with having a singular focus on the landfill implies that making energy from waste by burning it is acceptable. Waste-to-energy is a disposal technology that destroys resources forever; it makes things "go away," and doesn't reduce waste or protect natural resources. It is a good thing when automakers try to clean up their entire su...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/27/beware-of-zero-waste...

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