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Experiences from Zero Waste Europe presented at the annual CRRA conference in California

The experience of zero waste in Europe was introduced at the annual CRRA conference in California

. From July 31st to August 3rd, the California Resource Recycling Association held its 35th annual meeting in San Diego, California. California is the state with the most advanced waste and resource management in the United States. San Francisco leads with a 75% transfer rate and is committed to achieving zero waste by 2020.

At this meeting, European Zero Waste delegations from three countries (Italy, Spain and Sweden) introduced the best practices of European zero waste. In total, more than 150 speakers presented best practices, information, education, and coordinated actions during the 3-day conference.

We were surprised to see how the zero waste plan was approved in California. Actively carry out a campaign to ban styrofoam and plastic bags, innovative preventive measures and loyal companies complement the local government.

This year, Captain Charles Moore received a special award for his work in mapping and researching plastic debris that pollutes the ocean. We had the opportunity to board his boat and accompany him to collect water samples in Tijuana Bay. The worrisome state of water pollution in the Pacific—plastic soup is as big as Europe—and how this affects marine life. The pollution and depletion of fish resources is behind California's most advanced decision to prevent waste from polluting the ocean.

In addition, there are many new zero-waste programs, such as companies that organize zero-waste events, stores that don’t use any packaging (the US version of Effecorta in Italy and the US version of Unpackaged in the UK) or campaigns to spread bottle bills. This event is very useful for strengthening the links between the United States and the European Zero Waste Movement.

We were surprised to see how the zero waste plan was approved in California.

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