On Sept 18, 2009, the US EPA released a new report, “Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practice,” showing that 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are influenced by the stuff that U.S. residents use. This includes the impacts from extracting raw materials, food processing, and manufacturing, transporting, and disposing of products. The report states that waste reduction and recycling reduces emissions of greenhouse gases.
Also, the Product Policy Institute released a new report, “Products, Packaging, and US Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” calling for Extended Producer Responsibility to reduce climate impacts of waste.
Read an article from the New York Times about these reports.
Both reports should be useful in making the point that we need to PREVENT waste to address climate change.