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Trash Talk Podcast

The Trash Talk Podcas‪t‬ Recycle Michael

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Trash Talk Podcast

    Trash Talk Ep 08 - Tracie Onstad Bills, Super Woman Recycling Consultant

    Trash Talk Ep 08 - Tracie Onstad Bills, Super Woman Recycling Consultant

    Recycle Michael interviewing Tracie Onstad Bills for International Women's Day. They discuss doing business outreaching the age of Covid19, California's SB1383 and other topics related to the journey towards Zero Waste.

    Tracie Bills has over 25 years of materials management experience, including working for a hauler, a county government, and a non-profit; she also has over 15 years with materials management consulting firms. She has provided commercial sector materials flow assessments, organics processing research and analysis, waste characterization studies, and recycling, organics and waste management technical assistance to government agencies, schools, multi-family dwellings and businesses. Ms. Bills has an environmental science degree from San Jose State, is the Past President of the SWANA Gold Rush Chapter, and a member of the National Recycling Coalition, and the Northern California Recycling Association. She is also the Executive Director for the California Resource Recovery Association.

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    • 47 min
    Trash Talk Ep 07 - Nik Balachandran the Waste Guru

    Trash Talk Ep 07 - Nik Balachandran the Waste Guru

    Recycle Michael interviews Nik Balachandran, Founder and CEO of Zabble Inc. and certified TRUE™ Zero Waste Advisor. During the Conversation, Michael coins the term "Garbology 2.0" as they discuss technology and waste reduction.

    Nik’s passion for hiking and open water swimming led him into the waste industry, after he kept encountering trash in otherwise beautiful natural areas. Driven to take on the growing problem of waste, Nik realized a crucial piece was missing from zero waste initiatives: data. In 2016, he founded Zabble Inc. to create a SaaS platform with mobile and cloud technology, to help large educational institutions and corporate organizations track their zero waste programs and gain real-time insights into their waste stream. Prior to this, Nik worked at seminal startups in the San Francisco Bay Area bringing new ideas to life in the areas of noise cancellation, clinical data analysis, patient medication adherence and indoor air quality. In addition to his role as CEO of Zabble, Nik also serves as a board member for Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA), and actively participates in zero waste advocacy.

    https://www.zabbleinc.com/

    https://newswatchtv.com/2020/03/27/zabble-newswatch-review/

    Download Zabble Zero: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/log-zero/id1435045530

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    • 44 min
    Trash Talk Ep 06 - Laura McKaughan the Envirolutionary

    Trash Talk Ep 06 - Laura McKaughan the Envirolutionary

    Recycle Michael interviews Laura McKaughan of Envirolutions Consulting, talking trash, Large Refuse Generators and sorting it all out.

    Envirolutions Consulting was started in 2014 by Principal Laura McKaughan in Oakland, CA. Laura served as Associate Director of Green Programs for the SF Conservation Corps for nearly 8 years and also previously served as a Sustainability Coordinator for Stanford University Student Housing. She is the former President of the Northern California Recycling Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Resource Recovery Association.

    https://www.envirolutionsconsulting.com

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    • 48 min
    Trash Talk Ep 05 - Green Mary the Green Event Queen

    Trash Talk Ep 05 - Green Mary the Green Event Queen

    Recycle Michael interviews Green Mary on Earth Day.

    Mary Munat "Green Mary" tells her story about getting inspired to make events Zero Waste.

    Mary Munat entered the waste diversion world from her position as Human Resources Manager with The Health and Harmony Festival in Sonoma County in 2001. There, working in the role of volunteer coordinator, she heard environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill speaking on the urgency of all event-goers to heed their environmental impact out at public events. Green light bulbs went off.
    All systems aligned internally and socially to give birth to a local industry. Within three years, before “greening” was even a verb, Green Mary moved from one local festival to greening a dozen, to over 200 event-related dates in 2015. She helped shift the focus from recycling and throw away items to highly compostable food service wares, ensuring that everything that can be composted or re-used is diverted from the landfill.

    Find her at
    www.greenmary.com

    Links mentioned:
    https://dailyacts.org/
    https://huffman.house.gov

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    • 34 min
    Trash Talk Ep 04 - Gary Liss and the meaning of Zero Waste

    Trash Talk Ep 04 - Gary Liss and the meaning of Zero Waste

    Recycle Michael interviews Gary Liss about the meaning of Zero Waste and his plan(s) to make it happen. Gary Liss has over 45 years of experience in solid waste and recycling and is President of his own consulting firm, Gary Liss & Associates. Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of Zero Waste and has helped more communities develop Zero Waste plans than anyone else in the U.S. including: City of Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Oakland, Burbank, San Jose, City of Alameda, Oceanside, Glendale and Del Norte County in CA; Austin (TX); Nelson (BC); Telluride (CO); the Big Island of Hawaii (HI), Arkadelphia (AR) and Fort Collins, CO). He led a team to develop a Community Recycling Ordinance for Fort Collins, CO. He just completed working on a Zero Waste Plan for the City of Boston, MA and an update of the Palo Alto Zero Waste Plan.

    He also has helped major businesses (e.g. Sandia National Laboratories and Nestle Purina) and colleges (e.g. California State University Long Beach and California State University Los Angeles) develop Zero Waste Plans. He helped USEPA develop a “Zero Waste community planning assessment tool”.
    He served on the Loomis Town Council and was Mayor in 2010.

    http://garyliss.com

    links mentioned:
    www.zwia.org


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    • 57 min
    Trash Talk Ep 03 - With Randy Russell

    Trash Talk Ep 03 - With Randy Russell

    Recycle Michael talks with Randy Russell about the impact of COVID-19 on the waste and recycling industry in general, as well as other meandering topics.

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    • 57 min

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