Why Move Toward Zero Waste?
Waste is usually considered anything that goes into the all-encompassing trashcan, whether it’s rotten food, a broken cell phone, or an empty milk jug. But are those things really waste or are they just resources being wasted? In a zero waste world, waste is a verb not a noun; waste is something that we make happen as opposed to something that just is.
Zero Waste is a goal and guiding principle for changing lifestyles and practices to emulate nature, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. This means addressing waste generation both “upstream” in production and “downstream” in in consumption to:
• Avoid volume and toxicity of waste
• Conserve and recover resources
• Not burn or bury them
The goal of zero waste is to eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. We can all help to “close the loop,” making every waste into a resource. After all, we too are part of nature.