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Zero Waste Catches on Worldwide

Grades:

5 |

Subject:

environment |

Date:

October 21, 2009

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This video makes a great lead in to discussions about Zero Waste. The desert city of Abu Dhabi is pushing to a new extent for ‘going green.’ It’s a recycling strategy called “zero waste,” and it’s been catching on in the UK, Japan, and now, its efforts are springing up in the US. Although most agree on its positive intentions, others are asking whether the new strategy is realistic.

So, what does zero waste mean? It means that every single piece of waste should be recycled or composted. It means not even buying products that are not biodegradable. On a small scale, individual companies and towns have begun the transition.