Taught by Ruth Abbe, this class builds on the popular Introduction to Zero Waste class taught in November 2016 in Frederick County. We will cover the physical infrastructure and social infrastructure of Zero Waste with a special focus on resource recovery parks. The resource recovery park concept has been evolving naturally at landfills and transfer stations across the country. These facilities provide reuse and recycling opportunities for all 12 market categories of materials and co-location of reuse, recycling, compost processing, manufacturing, and retail businesses in a central facility.
The individual functions of a resource recovery park can be decentralized and located throughout a community. This is referred to as a “serial MRF.” We will profile example resource recovery parks and serial MRFs and identify opportunities for local development. Using Montgomery County as an example, we will evaluate the existing physical infrastructure and social infrastructure for Zero Waste and identify the local service voids. We will then discuss opportunities for moving forward to pursue Zero Waste in Montgomery County and throughout Maryland.
California Trends in Resource Recovery Parks – Ruth Abbe, Global Recycling Council
Urban Ore Redesign for ZW – Design And Redesign Concepts – Dan Knapp & Mary Lou Van Deventer, Urban Ore
Greg VanMechelen RRP Presentation Long Version – Greg VanMechelen, VanMechelen Architects
Friday, December 5, 9am – 3pm
Burbank Recycle Center
Presented by CRRA’s Global Recycling Council, GRRN/Zero Waste USA, Zero Waste Brain Trust and the City of Burbank
Register CRRA Members $25, Non-Members $35
Resource Recovery Parks (RR Parks) are powerful economic engines, harvesting cash from disposal service fees and product sales and naturally focused on highest and best use. Shared services provided to tenants of the Park will make individual businesses more cost effective. RR Parks are naturally evolving at or near MRFs, transfer stations and landfills. Come hear current thinking on the topic and learn how the Burbank Recycle Center may be redesigned to be a RR Park.
Speakers include: Ruth Abbe, Abbe Associates and GRC Co-Chair; Greg VanMechelen, VanMechelen Architects; Dan Knapp, Urban Ore Consulting; and Kreigh Hampel, Burbank Recycling Coordinator. There is a nominal fee of $25/$35 per person to cover lunch and incidentals. To register, use this PayPal link and enter $25 or $35 x the number of registrants. If you have a PayPal account please log-in, otherwise click on the Continue just above the credit card logos. If you have multiple registrants please list each name, title and email in the comments field. For additional information, email Gary at email@example.com.