This webinar will provide an understanding of the various economic issues required to successfully implement Sustainable Resource Management and how Zero Waste can work to grow local economies. Students will learn how to harness the avoided costs of garbage collection and disposal as the engine of change for Zero Waste and examine different public and private sector financing approaches to fund Zero Waste programs. We will look at clauses for Requests for Proposals (RFP), contract structures and incentives such as revised garbage rate structures that can be used to stimulate waste generators, haulers, processors and disposal facilities to reduce wasting and increase reuse, recycling and composting. Finally, the class will review economic analyses of program costs and benefits, and developing budgets for short- and long-term planning including how reducing waste has a positive impact on local economies, including job creation.
Taught by Ruth Abbe
The Economics of Zero Waste
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