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Recycling and Composting the Smart Way - Nick Lapis from Californians Against Waste (#1)

Nick Lapis has been with Californians Against Waste since 2007 and works as its Director of Advocacy. CAW has proved to be the nation's oldest, largest and most effective non-profit environmental organization.
Recycling and Composting the Smart Way - Nick Lapis from Californians Against Waste (#1)

The organization was founded in 1977. They find, develop, support, and monitor policy solutions to pollution and conservation issues that threaten public health and the environment.

Nick has led CAW's team of advocates in efforts to pass ground-breaking legislation that has positioned California as a world leader in trash reduction and recovery. He has helped enact policies to mitigate the effects of climate change, recover organic waste, and reduce plastic waste by forming powerful alliances.

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Show Notes

  • What do Californians Against Waste do? [1:13]
  • How did Nick get started? [1:44]
  • Does Nick feel like his university program prepared him for the challenges he was going to face? [2:10]
  • What would Nick recommend to people who want to create change in government policy? How can they start? [3:06]
  • What are some of the hallmarks of an organization that it is in fact in acting change and not just paying lip service to it? [4:08]
  • What is Nick most proud of accomplishing with Californians Against Waste? What are their biggest achievements? [5:01]
  • What are the mechanics that Californians Against Waste had to go through to enact composting legislation? How much time and effort does it take to build a specific comprehensive policy? [6:35]
  • What are the main lessons Nick has learned over the 13 years in this job? What did he learn when he was working on his first bills? [13:39]
  • What is the most interesting part of Nick's job? [18:07]
  • Is it possible to get rich while helping the environment? [20:14]
  • What are the alternative ways to reduce food waste? How can we engage more?  [23:00]
  • Are there any laws that protect people that are donating food from getting into trouble? [26:50]
  • Where can people find more information on these laws? [30:07]
  • Parting thoughts. [30:48]
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