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This Tuesday, environmental leaders will gather in Atlanta to announce the creation of the first Zero Waste zone in the southeast. The zone will be in the convention district of downtown Atlanta, where Phase One will be initiated by participating food service operations pledging to "recycle, reuse spent grease for the local production of biofuel and compost or donate food residuals."It's a big step--especially for city not typically associated with the progressive green movement, and a city with notorious water shortage woes (its single biggest water user is a Gatorade plant). If the plan is executed successfully, it could become a model for citywide operations—and for other cities across the country.
Among the initiatives to be discussed at the official announcement this Tuesday is a brand new composting contract that should eliminate a significant portion of city waste that typically went to the landfill.
The press conference following the announcement will feature, according to the city, tours of how the "Georgia World Congress Center and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse are eliminating their waste streams as part of the Zero Waste Zone effort."
Kudos to Atlanta—zero waste is an incredibly important principle that more cities and communities should be adopting.