In 2009, UNH Freshman Alex Fried had an idea that turned into a PLAN: Turn the tons of trash he saw UNH producing every semester into treasures.

He started by taking pictures of the mountains of waste. By the time he graduated in 2013, the “Trash 2 Treasure” program he co-founded was in its 3rd year, and had recovered more than 100 tons of materials for re-use. The program has become the model of student-led and self-funded sustainability programs.

When Fried graduated in 2013, he formed the Post Landfill Action Network, working to franchise the program nationwide. On October 3rd in the Granite State room of UNH’s Memorial Union Building, PLAN hosted their first international conference focused on moving humanity towards a zero-waste future. Portsmouth Community Radio was there to record the event, including the keynote address from Dr. Paul Connett, author of The Zero Waste Solution.

1. Check out the lightly edited audio     
, and look for further coverage on the next Making Waves show.