Irvine Valley College is launching a Zero Waste certification program on August 22. The for-credit training will teach participants how to utilize Southern California’s recycling and zero waste programs. The initiative is funded by a community based job-training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
“The certificate is designed to apply across industry sectors, not only for those entering the traditional waste management industry…The program is funded by a Department of Labor grant, and we are especially recruiting those who are unemployed, underemployed or dislocated workers - but all are welcome,” said Jenna McCarty, special project coordinator for Irvine Valley College. “In fact, it would be an excellent program for business owners looking to implement zero waste for their businesses.”
The California Resource Recovery Association and community college faculty members from Santa Monica, Golden West and Irvine Valley colleges developed the curriculum for the training. Representatives from firms who are committed to implementing the green procedures, such as Vons, Albertsons, Ricoh, Disney, and Waxie Supply, meet regularly to ensure the program meets current industry standards.
“At this time the curriculum is primarily focused on material waste/reuse, although there are certainly applications that would impact other resource use as well,” said McCarty.
For the first time, Albertsons’ recycling revenue has exceeded its cost of trash hauling, according to Rick Crandall, an Albertsons spokesperson. Crandall emphasized the importance of the training and how utilizing the recycling resource has impacted Albertsons’ bottom line.
“Now is the right time for being sustainable. There is not a better time than now to invest.”
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