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Resources About Zero Waste

Here's several resources about Zero Waste, locally and nationally, to help you generate less waste in your life, work and community.

Is there something you want to recycle but don't know how?
You may want to consult our 2023 guide for Warren County


A Guide to Re-Use,

Repair and

Recycling of Household Items in Warren County 

Compiled by Zero Waste Warren County, NY

Sphere on Spiral Stairs

Thanks to the Buy Nothing Southern Adirondack Facebook Group for allowing Zero Waste Warren County to post their “Community FreeSources.”  

Zero Waste to Zero Emissions

 A new October 2022 report by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) provides the clearest and most comprehensive evidence to date of how better waste management (Zero Waste approaches) is critical to the climate fight, while building resilience, creating jobs, and promoting thriving local economies. Click here to read the report.

Keep Recycling Local

Article by Neil Seldman

Published in September 2022

NYS Bottle Bill

Here is a Fact Sheet about the current Bottle Bill in the NYS legislature to modernized the redemption.  Here also is a history of the Bottle Bill enacted in 1982.

Eliminating Single-Use Disposables in Food Establishments

Join Zero Waste Ithaca and Zero Waste Warren County in this webinar recording as presenters share their insights on eliminating single-use plastics in food establishments.


Speakers include Tina Soldovieri of Canada Reuses, Martin Bourque of the Berkeley Ecology Center, and the Zero Waste Chef Anne-Marie Bonneau. For restaurants, cafes, food trucks and other food businesses, switching to reusables can be an easy way to champion environment quality while also saving money that would otherwise be squandered on single-use disposable plastics.

Click here to download resources from the webinar.

Adirondack Composting

The beautiful Adirondacks depend on responsible management of food waste. Incinerators and landfills pollute the air and water. They are expensive, and they cost even more money later on. Composting is a 100% natural way to recycle food waste back into the earth to continue the cycle. 

Click here to view the Adirondack Compost Education Council's website and resources.

Say NO to take-out disposables

Use this message from Madison County, Arkansas as inspiration to ask for no utensils and single-serve condiments when ordering take-out.

Requesting no extra items will prevent waste and save pennies for the restaurant!

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Gov Hochul's Proposed EPR bill did not pass in the 2022 budget. It was considered a flawed proposal. Currently, a new EPR bill is proposed.

Read Tracy Frisch's testimony on Governor Hochul's proposed EPR bill that was ultimately blocked

Read Maggie Clarke's testimony on Governor Hochul's proposed EPR bill that was no

Recycling is Infrastructure Too

The Recycling Is Infrastructure Too Campaign brings together a cross-section of industry, government, labor, and environmental leaders to promote increased investment in waste reduction, redesign, reuse, recycling, and composting infrastructure.


The Campaign advocates for policies, funding, and other measures to expand these programs and services and increase the use of reuse systems, recycled content, and compost products in all infrastructure projects.

Learn more about the campaign here.

Model Comments on the Waste Chapter of the NYS Climate Scoping Plan draft

Use these model comments written by Tracy Frisch of Zero Waste Warren County to make suggestions for future edits of the Waste Chapter of the NYS Climate Scoping plan. 

Click here for the Word Document to easily copy and paste.

Hughes Energy Article - Post Star

Read this Post Star article to learn about Hughes Energy's proposed facility in Fort Edward and local opposition to the project.

GUEST ESSAY -  Hughes Energy project would not benefit region or environment

Read this guest essay on the Hughes Energy project that was written by Tracy Frisch and Barbara Joudry and published in the Post Star on March 19th, 2022.

Revitalizing Our Transfer Stations Best Practices and Recommendations Prepared by Zero Waste Warren County, NY

Click here to download our guide on transfer stations best practices and recommendations by Zero Waste Warren County.

Email Template to Grocery Stores

It is near impossible to shop zero waste in grocery stores today with plastic packages, bags, and wraps on every product.

Take 5 minutes right now to reach out to your grocery store, supermarket, health food store, coop, bakery, anywhere you buy food and simply ask them to stop selling things packaged in single-use plastic.

Beyond Plastics drafted a sample letter, packed with facts, that you can just fill in or adapt to make it yours. Click here to find the template.

Waste to Wealth - ILSR

The Waste to Wealth program works with activists, policymakers and businesses to reduce waste generation and maximize the reuse, recovery and remanufacturing of these materials and their associated products.  It seeks to convert wastes from environmental and economic liabilities to valuable resources that create livable jobs and provide community development opportunities.

Learn more about ILSR's Waste to Wealth program.

Skip the Stuff - Upstream Solutions

Every year, billions of unused straws, utensils, napkins, condiment packets, and other accessories are included in take-out and delivery orders and just thrown away. Together, we can change this.

Join Upstream Solutions in their campaign to enact policies in local and state government that require restaurants to “ask first” before adding all the unnecessary stuff to your order.

Click here to learn more.

Consumer Demand and Climate Change: Rethinking Consumer Demand for a Zero Waste World

This factsheet by the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) explains how consumer demand feeds into climate change and what solutions could be implemented to lessen the impact.

Moving Closer to Zero Waste - Alameda County

View this progress chart by Urban Ore on Alameda County's progress towards zero waste.

Hughes Energy Correspondence

View Hughes Energy's overview presentation for their proposal in Fort Edward here.

Click here to read email correspondence about the project from July to November 2021 and click here to read email correspondence through February 2022.

Hughes Energy Factsheet

Hughes Energy is a master of greenwashing, as you will can see in our recorded conversation with Hughes Energy CEO on Nov. 11th, 2021.


Learn more about the company's project and why ZWWC says NO to Hughes Energy burning waste in Fort Edward. Click here to read our Hughes Energy factsheet.

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