Zero Waste Denver is a project of the Citizens Exploratory Committee for Health and Safety (CECHS), a Denver-based group of citizens who question the safety and financial viability of the Denver Zoological Foundation’s waste to energy/ Other Than Solid Waste Incinerator (OSWI) project. The Denver Zoo is located in a residential neighborhood. The OSWI is scheduled online December, 2015. CECHS is committed to the principles of zero waste as a
Goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. (Zero Waste Alliance, 2009)
Some definitions of zero waste also include “zero landfill and incineration of waste, full life cycle of cradle-to-cradle design systems” (Zaman & Lehmann, “Challenges and opportunities in transforming a city into a ‘zero waste city.’” Challenges 2, no. 4 (2011): 73-93).
To learn more about zero waste principles, watch this short video by chemist Dr. Paul Connett:
Many of the documents provided on this site were obtained by CECHS through Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests made to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.