Zero Waste Dreaming

The Boulder County Zero Waste Action Plan will again be discussed at Longmont City Council tonight, although no decision is required for Longmont’s participation until late this year or more likely in 2012.

Fortunately, the four common sense (i.e., non-liberal) members of council have already expressed concern over the prohibitive cost and possible involuntary nature of the more heavy-handed aspects of BoCo’s plan.

For starters, the term “zero waste” is absurd in itself. Everybody knows that human society produces some degree of waste. Even the enviros admit that zero waste is an impossibility, so why even use the term? It’s the typical extreme mentality that we see so often from the green community, especially Boulder County.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against waste reduction and reasonable home conservation measures. I have gladly participated in Longmont’s recycling efforts since Day 1 when the plastic bins were first provided for paper items. In recent years I have found single-stream recycling to be highly convenient for disposing of newspapers, cardboard, cans and bottles.

But I draw the line when Boulder County starts talking about “bans” in their Zero Waste Action Plan such as these listed items of support…

Mid-term steps to be implemented by 2015 or sooner

Support ban on food waste going to landfill.
Support ban on recyclables going to landfill.
Support ban on yard waste going to landfill.

I don’t want to have to throw every banana peel in one special bin and every weed pulled from the garden in another. And what, is every home going to have four or five bins squeezed somewhere on the property just to satisfy zero waste requirements? That would be the ultimate residential visual pollution for sure.

Once before in this blog we ran Audi’s clever “Green Police” video from the auto company’s 2010 Super Bowl commercial. It bears seeing again to show what things could come to in Boulder County if the radical enviros and commissioners have their way…

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