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Talk: Burning vs Zero Waste

Waste – is burning the best way to deal with it? Zero-waste expert Paul Connett discusses the downsides of incineration, and explores sustainable alternatives. A Q&A follows.

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  • When | Āhea Tue 14 Apr 2020, 12.00pm–1.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Mahuki, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu Free

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‘Our task in the 21st century is not to find better ways to destroy materials but to stop making products and packaging that have to be destroyed.’

– Paul Connett

Incineration and other thermal technologies are sometimes promoted as solutions to the global waste crisis. Paul argues instead for a circular economy that:

  • designs out waste and pollution
  • keeps products and materials in use
  • regenerates natural systems.

Paul outlines why a circular economy has greater economic, health, and social advantages. He offers sustainable solutions that create healthier, less wasteful communities.

This event is presented in partnership with Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC). 

About Paul Connett

Emeritus Professor Connett is known globally for leading efforts to help communities prevent the creation of waste, and to offer sustainable mechanisms to deal with any waste they do create.

From 1983–2006, Paul taught chemistry at St Lawrence University in New York State.

Over the past 33 years, he has delivered more than 2,500 public presentations on waste management in over 65 countries and to the United Nations. He is author of the book The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time.

This event is presented in partnership with Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC).