Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste
In keeping with November’s theme of America Recycles Month in Greenbelt, Reel and Meal and Greenbelt’s Green Team’s Zero Waste Circle will screen the film Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste.
We are running out of room for our waste. Our landfills create greenhouse gas and toxic runoff and they are filling up. What do we do? This is a global problem and all countries are dealing with it – some better than others.
Racing To Zero is a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge.
Three years ago the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020. Zero waste is defined as a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills and incinerators.
Racing to Zero tracks San Francisco’s efforts to achieve zero waste. The film presents waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents a surprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero.
The evening will highlight a brief overview of the newly prioritized Zero Waste plan for Prince George’s County. This will be presented by Adam Ortiz, the director of the County’s Department of the Environment. Also Martha Ainsworth, Chair of the Prince George’s Sierra Club Group will present the concerns and efforts of the Sierra Club. Raea Jean Leinster of Yuck Old Paint will also introduce her program. Yuck Old Paint is the only company in the region that diverts paint waste away from landfills. In addition, members of the Greenbelt Zero Waste Circle, a part of Greenbelt’s Green Team will be available to discuss efforts in Greenbelt to move toward zero waste. A discussion will follow the film.
America Recycles Month in Greenbelt is part of America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, which encourages citizens and groups to take the #BeRecycled pledge at AmericaRecyclesDay.org and share the hashtag on social media. With this pledge, we are agreeing to take actions to reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill by recycling more and recycling right. The website also offers a “Find Recycling” option where local residents can find the closest location to recycle special items, like electronics and plastic bags, which cannot be put in the curbside bin.
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