Momentum Builds for Transforming Trash

November 6, 2013 -- Partnership for Working Families

More than sixty municipal waste professionals, progressive funders, environmental justice advocates, and worker justice leaders joined the Partnership-hosted “Transforming Trash for Jobs, Climate and Community Health” webinar on October 17.  The webinar offered key lessons for people who want to build environmental and economic resilience by transforming trash and building a recycling economy in their own cities, and shared case studies from around the country.

Sebrina Owens-Wilson, author of “Transforming Trash in Urban America,” shared new national research from the Partnership for Working Families that analyzes the top 37 cities in the country and finds massive potential for environmental and economic justice through new trash and recycling policies.

Karen Coca, Manager of the Los Angeles Citywide Recycling Division, discussed why and how LA is implementing the largest new waste and recycling system in the country, and the way this system is creating good jobs, clean air, and recycling for all.

Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, and Matt Ryan, Executive Director of Alliance for a Greater New York, gave an exciting update on the Transform Don’t Trash New York Coalition, a new alliance of environmental justice and labor advocates who are joining together to reform New York City’s commercial waste industry.

Brooke Anderson, Labor Fellow with Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project, talked about a new coalition in Oakland that is putting recycling workers at the front lines of fighting climate change and achieving zero waste.

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, and Matt Brusky, Deputy Director ofCitizen Action Wisconsin, shared how community leaders from Milwaukee are using the creation of a new recycling facility to catalyze economic development in the face Milwaukee’s sky-high unemployment rate.

Webinar participants had insightful questions about how to capture the full range of benefits of justice-oriented recycling programs, and shared examples from their own cities.

Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to learn more about the Transforming Trash campaign, and look for inspiring speakers and an intensive Transforming Trash workshop track at the upcoming Partnership Summit in LA on February 4-6.  Click here to register.