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AMA about $AVECOIN , Zero Waste , and Civic Ecology

John Bushe'
Feb 11, 2018

Inspired by nature, and made necessary by the city of Austin, Texas’ struggle to reach their zero-waste goal, Zero Waste applies bio-mimicry ideas in order to reach a more sustainable, zero-waste future. In order to make their zero-waste goals on time, the city needed a way to manage their solid waste assets, and a network of businesses and projects was created.

Zero Waste performs trash analysis for interested businesses by gathering data for one month on dumpster usage. After the data is collected, Zero Waste helps businesses find the correct dumpster size for their business, and arranges for the dumpster to be emptied only when it is full, as collecting trash whether or not the dumpster is full is one of the biggest inefficiencies in the solid waste industry.

Businesses save money on their trash collection costs, become more aware of the types of trash that they produce, and will reward correct behavior with tokens. Zero Waste has a year of exciting partnerships coming up, leading to what they believe will be wide-scale adoption before the year is over.

For more information, visit www.zerowasteadvocacy.com.

https://www.futuretechpodcast.com/podcasts/zero-waste-john-bushe-founder-decentralizing-democratizing-movement-solid-waste/

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Which country/state according to you can be called as a forerunner for the zero-waste concept?

Feb 13, 1:45PM EST0

How was the reception among the companies and government organizations when you first approached them with the concept?

Feb 13, 12:51PM EST0

How difficult is to make people understand the concept of zero-waste?

Feb 13, 12:25PM EST0

How do you think the awareness about reusing and recycling has increased among the general people?

Feb 13, 10:33AM EST0

Is the government offering financial assistance and funding for zero waste movements?

Feb 9, 11:41AM EST0

Yes.  The city of Austin, for example, offers a $5000 rebate for implementing a Zero Waste program because the whole city adoptedd the municipal goal.

Feb 12, 12:38PM EST0

How would you promote a zero waste lifestyle to a very busy and always on-the-go person?

Feb 9, 6:15AM EST0

You have to design your system for you.    Start with a nice reusable mug, or bottle with a lid, and stop buying plastic!   T

REDUCE first,

Reuse (reusable cup)

Recycle

Landfill last

Feb 12, 12:37PM EST0

Do you still personally support companies or stores that sell products and services that aren’t friendly to the environment?

Feb 9, 3:13AM EST0

IF they would like to transform, save money, reduce carbon, and increase efficiency.   If these companies don't do it, their competition will.

Feb 12, 12:37PM EST0

What are the basic steps one can start with if he wants to live a zero waste lifestyle?

Feb 8, 2:48PM EST0

http://www.untrashified.com/transition-to-zero-waste/

Feb 12, 12:36PM EST0

Do you offer seminars and workshops for business owners and their staff who want to move towards zero waste?

Feb 7, 10:56PM EST0

Absolutely we are very experienced trainers.  Cities like Austin, Dallas, and Forth Worth have paid us to train them. 

Feb 8, 8:35PM EST0

What are the main steps to be taken towards a future with zero waste cities?

Feb 6, 2:59PM EST0

Get the businesses, and governments to adopt the goal and zwia.org standards

Feb 6, 8:39PM EST0
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Why is recycling so important?

Feb 6, 12:25PM EST0

Reuse and composting are more important than recycling, which has not proven to be that profitable...

Feb 6, 8:39PM EST0

How do you make sure you educate and raise a community's awareness of an ecological lifestyle?

Feb 6, 10:53AM EST0

We trained the local muni waste managers and put on some events at first to start. 

Feb 6, 8:38PM EST0

Do you think that in the not too distant future the world population can achieve a zero waste lifestyle?

Feb 6, 9:09AM EST0

Yes..or darn close

Feb 12, 12:39PM EST0

Are you performing services locally or internationally?

Feb 6, 8:45AM EST0

locally at first but if you have a BETA we can give it a whirl.   Email us a waste bill at save@zerowasteadvocacy.com

Feb 6, 8:37PM EST0

How do you perform the analysis, which programs do you use and what input data is required?

Feb 5, 6:42AM EST0

We need to see the bill, and monitor the containers for a month.   A photo before pickup for a month would be sufficient to for our BETA.  Email waste bill to save@zerowasteadvocacy.com to save $ on your waste bill and get a 1000 SAVECOINS if your business qualifies.

Feb 6, 4:22PM EST0

What are your future goals?

Feb 5, 4:46AM EST0

Zero waste is our favorite goal. 

Feb 6, 4:21PM EST0

we are manually doing our BETA tests with Hotels, and event centers.  We would  like our sensors and iot devices to eventually automate the process

Feb 6, 8:38PM EST0

What sort of interest are you getting so far for the pre-sale

Feb 5, 4:12AM EST0

Definetely lots of folk want to buy the token, but we have not pulled trigger.  We plan on Feb 16

Feb 6, 3:40PM EST0

we are getting traction but could use more ambassadors

Feb 6, 4:20PM EST0

How did you transition from your main activity to having an ICO?

Feb 4, 6:52PM EST0

Sounds like we are doing a PRE (Insert word choice here) and airdrop, then later something compliant.

Feb 6, 3:09PM EST0

We are still finalizing details and talking to lawyers

Feb 6, 3:09PM EST0

Why is Zero Waste important for businesses? How they can benefit?

Feb 4, 9:15AM EST0

Lower costs, increase efficiency, lower carbon, green jobs, improve moral, and get a green marketing edge for starters!  Triple bottom line action:  $$$$$$$$$$$$ave

Feb 6, 3:07PM EST0

What is the story of your company? How many people work for Zero Waste and how are they selected?

Feb 3, 5:43AM EST0

We started out training governments based on the curriculum of Gary Liss & Associates who wrote Austin's plan.    We then worked towards holes (or gaps), and went through some incubators till we figured out the business stuff. 

Feb 6, 3:05PM EST0

We have at least businesses that are founders, advisors, etc.  People are starting to interview that are interested in working for Savecoin.    Email save@zerowasteadvocacy.com if you are interested in helping.

Feb 6, 3:06PM EST0

What were the biggest barriers Austin faced with regards to zero waste?

Feb 1, 6:34PM EST0

Lack of data

Feb 6, 3:04PM EST0

How do you promote yourself? What is your marketing strategy?

Feb 1, 10:45AM EST0
Feb 6, 3:04PM EST0

What are the ways to achieve zero waste in your business?

Feb 1, 9:11AM EST0

Set the goal of Zero Waste first at the top. 

Feb 1, 1:44PM EST0

What is zero waste and is it possible to achieve?

Jan 31, 9:26AM EST0

It is biomimicry.   There is no waste in the forest.  See Zwia.org definitions for businesses and communities...

Feb 1, 1:45PM EST0

What partnerships have you already secured? Are they all local or global too?

Jan 31, 9:19AM EST0

We are talking to some pretty kool partners like Arcade City (for hauls), but still in the works and have to keep somewhat mum for now...

Feb 1, 1:46PM EST0

For the publicity for your ICO release, did you work on it in house or hired a dedicated professional/company?

Jan 31, 7:51AM EST0

We have multiple businesses working on this.  Some hired, some not.  We meet with Polymath on Monday again for example.

Feb 1, 1:46PM EST0

How do you handle negative feedback, there are many scams in the industry and it is generally not very regulated, how do you prove you are legitimate?

Jan 31, 6:37AM EST0

We have been vetted by third parties like Presidio MBA program, and Collide Village incubators.  You can also look at B Corporation info from 2011 for majority owner Adbongo. 

Feb 1, 1:47PM EST0

Mining crypto currencies is said to not be exactly very environmentally friendly, how does that work with the spirit of Zero Waste?

Jan 31, 1:37AM EST0

Solar

Feb 1, 1:47PM EST0

How much did it cost roughly to develop the ICO? What percentage of the budget is put into marketing it?

Jan 30, 10:04PM EST0

Still working on it so not sure, but typically 15% of budget allocated to marketing.

Feb 1, 1:48PM EST0

Do you offer recycling services as well or that is a separate service?

Jan 30, 8:42PM EST0

Reuse and composting are much better, efficient, and profitable.  Zero Waste is based on Reuse more than recycling.

Feb 1, 1:48PM EST0
Do you work with government organisations too or just private businesses?
Jan 30, 1:30PM EST0

We trained a lot of government waste managers but targeting commercial businesses as clients.

Feb 1, 1:48PM EST0
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