The Road to Zero Waste

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Zero waste is a concept and goal that is getting attention and gaining traction around the world. Waste contributes to environmental destruction, social inequality, and climate change.  The effort towards zero waste is one of the most important issues of our time. 

The zero waste movement seeks to minimize the common, yet needless, practice of waste disposal in our dumps, landfills, and incinerators by changing the practices and policies of government, producers and individual households.  

Government at all levels should initiate policies and regulations to curb wasteful habits and create the right incentives for waste reduction.  

Producers should be required to minimize the environmental impact of their products at each stage of a product's lifecycle, including design, manufacturing, packaging, distribution and "end-of-life".  This is referred to as "Extended Producer Responsibility."

Individuals are encouraged to reevaluate their consumption habits, and integrate composting, recycling and especially reuse practices within their households.  

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Fairfax Zero Waste by 2020!  

The Town of Fairfax passed a resolution to acheive 94% diversion from landfill by 2020.  The Town of Fairfax and Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) have contracted with Sustainable Fairfax to help implement the services outlined in a new Resource Recovery Agreeement that focuses on acheiving the zero waste goal. 

Sustainable Fairfax is creating an outreach and educational zero waste campaign. We have assembled a zero waste committee comprised of Sustainable Fairfax board members and volunteers to oversee the planning and staffing of this campaign [visit our Volunteer Page for information about joining our committee]. We have begun to research and gather information on the most recent technologies being used nationally and internationally for waste reduction and recycling processes. As a result, we have in place a series of events, workshops, and plans that will engage our community in the conversation and goal of zero waste.

Click here to see a short video with a perspective from Sierra Salin, one of our zero waste committee members.

 

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Fairfax Scoop

scoop.jpgWhen Ray Martin opened the Scoop in 2001, he was the first Bay Area entrepreneur to sell organic ice cream flavored with sustainably sourced and local ingredients, such as on organic ice cream base from Straus organic creamery in Marshall, strawberries from Russ Sartori's farm in Tomales, raspberries from Mt. Barnabe Farms in San Geronimo, lavender and honey grown in West Marin. Fairfax Scoop has gone on to become one of Marin's hottest destinations for ice cream served in cookie-like, waffled cones and cups made fresh, on the premises, also from organic ingredients. A dozen flavors are served at any time; these always include one soy ice cream and one sorbet.

Recently they churned up the best peach ice cream I've ever had and a creamy, bracing lemon poppy seed. Other interesting taste treats are Grasshopper, mint ice cream colored green with spirulina, with chunks of Newman's Own organic mint cookies; and Hula Dance, coconut ice cream rippled with fudge, macadamia nuts and white chocolate. At Christmastime, their eggnog ice cream is unbeatable, as is a pumpkin made with sugar pie pumpkins from Allstar Organics in Nicasio.