Pollution Prevention and Rethinking "Waste"

January 31, 2019 11:00 am — 12:30 pm
Webinar only

An ELI 50th Anniversary Seminar

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is the call to arms of the mainstream environmental movement. While these actions may seem simple to conduct in households, in the commercial and industrial spheres, the decision to reduce, reuse, and recycle requires innovation, creativity, and risk. New practices in the organic waste sector and hazardous waste sector have revolutionized our perspectives on waste and resource use and contributed to reductions in pollution, yet there is certainly room to scale up such innovation.

Our expert panelists explored how industrial and commercial institutions are finding sustainable, economic, and innovative solutions for recycling undesirable material. Panelists delved into how the wastewater industry is rebranding itself as a resource recovery industry and finding beneficial uses for treated sewage sludge and methane gas; how cities are recovering and reducing food waste; and how companies are managing growing volumes of hazardous wastes including electronic waste and aerosol cans. These new trends represent the future of resource recovery and pollution prevention and are also creating new business opportunities for the industrial and commercial sector.

Jim McElfish
, Senior Attorney and Director, Sustainable Use of Land Program, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Linda Breggin, Co-Lead, Food Waste Initiative, Environmental Law Institute
Byron R. Brown, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
Carol Adaire Jones, Visiting Scholar and Co-Lead, Food Waste Initiative, Environmental Law Institute
Anna Vinogradova, Senior Manager II, Sustainability, Walmart

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