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Pollution Prevention and Rethinking "Waste"

June 2019

Citation: ELR 10515

Author: Jim McElfish, Linda Breggin, Byron R. Brown, Carol Adaire Jones, and Anna Vinogradova

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is the call to arms of the mainstream environmental movement. While these actions may seem simple for households, decisions to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the commercial and industrial spheres require innovation, creativity, and risk. New practices in the organic waste and hazardous waste sectors have revolutionized our perspectives on waste and resource use, and contributed to reductions in pollution. On January 31, 2019, the Environmental Law Institute hosted an expert panel that explored how industrial and commercial institutions are finding sustainable, economic, and innovative solutions for recycling undesirable materials. This Article presents a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Jim McElfish (moderator) is a Senior Attorney and Director of the Sustainable Use of Land Program at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). Linda Breggin is a Senior Attorncy and Co-Lead of the Food Waste Initiative at ELI. Byron R. Brown is a Senior Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP. Carol Adaire Jones is a Visiting Scholar and Co-Lead of the Food Waste Initiative at ELI. Anna Vinogradova is the Director of Sustainability at Walmart.

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