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Block Leader Profile: Vernon Berger

When this Block Leader’s neighbors have a Zero Waste question or need help hauling an item, Vernon Berger is their go-to guy. From recycling to reuse, Vernon grew up with Zero Waste in his heart. As a kid, his parents taught him the value of fixing or salvaging items with the hopes of using them again and ensuring that few things are ever wasted. Vernon firmly believes that education is vital and he’s doing his part to inch Austin closer towards Zero Waste.

Why did you decide to become a Zero Waste Block Leader?
I am very interested in Zero Waste — What better way to show that than by educating people?

 What are some fun ways you introduce zero waste to your neighbors?
We like to have gatherings with friends and family to discuss food waste, trash and recyclables.

 Which do you prefer more – recycling, composting or reuse?
They are all important. I am more of a recycler/reuse person. I like crafting repurposed objects into something more fun and functional like lamps, tables, clocks or art.

Man showcasing a restored wooden chair Man showcasing artwork made from reused materials.

Man holding up artwork from a reused chair leg.

How have you made the Zero Waste lifestyle easier to follow in your home, for your family, or with your neighbors?
I think ARR's signs are informative and designed pretty well. I like hanging these up in areas where they can help my family and guests dispose of items properly.

What do you think is the best way to reduce the materials we use every day?
Education is vital! I think improving the visual design on carts is really helpful.

From which part of your house do you get the most recyclables?
We get the most from the kitchen. Most of that material goes into my backyard compost pile.
 

Man putting banana peel into plastic container. Man stirring a compost pile.

What do you look forward to the most this coming year?
Finding new and better ways to cut down on waste and sharing that knowledge with neighbors!

What are fun ways you get kids involved with Zero Waste?
When our daughter visits, we discuss how she does things where she lives compared to our process.
 

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