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October 01, 2006


Gary Liss


Thanks for covering this important issue so well! I look forward to hearing from your readers to further clarify "highest and best use" for discarded materials.


John Garn


While the process of helping cities understand how to effectively embrace the concept of zero waste is greatly needed, I'm afraid that this concept is unattainable in the current context of Western civilization. As long as resources are confiscated from the land bases of other cultures waste will always be a fundamental result.

And when you use the lens of greenhouse gas emissions as the primary indicator of zero waste achievement you will see that it is the economic beneficiaries of this same Western civilization that have the greatest journey to take down the path of sustainability.

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