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Zero Waste Starts with You

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

How you can make a change

You can make Zero Waste a reality in your own household, at your workplace, and in your community. The path to Zero Waste is a very beautiful and rewarding one and every one of your actions can get you one step closer to this goal.

Make Zero Waste a habit and watch your habits create positive change.

Not sure where to start?

Step 1: Download our “Zero Waste at Home” guideline.

Step 2: Become a Zero Waste Member.

Step 3: Take the Zero Waste Pledge.

Step 4: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily zero waste ideas, tips, and articles.

Step 5: Join our newsletter for Zero Waste updates and opportunities.

Step 6: Back up our work with a donation.

 

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A year from now, you'll wish you had started today. ~ Karen Lamb

How your business can make a change

Many businesses across a variety of industries have already embarked on their journey to Zero Waste. Join this movement and show your customers and clients that you care about our planet as much as you care about them.

Not sure where to start?

Step 1: Download our “Zero Waste Guide for Your Business.”

Step 2: Become a Zero Waste Business Member.

Step 3: Reach out to our advisors for help with preparing your business for Zero Waste Certification.

Step 3: Apply for Zero Waste Certification.

Step 4: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Step 5: Join our newsletter for Zero Waste updates and opportunities.

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It's not about the income. It's about the outcome. ~ Rodolphe Destombes

How your nonprofit can make a change

As a nonprofit we believe that partnering with like-minded nonprofits will be a win-win situation for all. Join and support Zero Waste Canada as a nonprofit and partner with us for events, outreach efforts, and community engagement opportunities.

Not sure where to start?

Step 1: Become a Zero Waste Business Member.

Step 2: Reach out to our advisors for help with preparing your business for Zero Waste Certification.

Step 3: Apply for Zero Waste Certification.

Step 4: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Step 5: Join our newsletter for Zero Waste updates and opportunities.

Step 6: Back up our work with a donation.

 

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It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree
that will some day give shade to people he may never meet. ~ David Trueblood

How your government agency can make a change

Zero Waste Canada works with all levels of government for responsible resource management and policies, legislation and initiatives that eliminate waste and support continuous reuse of resources.

 

We are inspired by the progress that has been made with diversion efforts around the globe and would like to take this a step further. Work with is to create better, higher level upstream solutions that avoid and prevent the creation of waste in the first place. Resource recovery is good but avoidance of waste has to be our ultimate goal.

 

Incineration and/or waste-to-energy projects do not comply with our zero waste standards, as they are ineffective, inefficient and dangerous methods to deal with our waste.

 

Incineration destroys the highest value, the function of objects and leaves nothing but unusable sludge and ash. Incineration is a short-sighted approach to waste, whereas zero waste offers a sustainable method by which we can ensure the highest quality of environmental, planetary, animal and human health.

 

We would like to invite all levels of government to partner with us to develop long-term solutions that will create a better future for our planet and our citizens.

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Step 1: Become a Zero Waste Government Member.

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Videos

Garbage Incineration has become a major issue for British Columbia

 

This short video asks for your support!

 

Reading Material

Getting To Zero Waste

This great book by Paul Palmer (PhD) presents a radical analysis of how our society manages commodities we no longer want to use. The author considers the garbage paradigm and finds it wanting. Even better than the recycling of materials, he advocates the reuse of the highest function of all goods.

 

“Green” Plastics at a Glance

Green plastics, or bioplastics, refers to plastic materials and products that are either: Biodegradable, made wholly or partly from biological materials, or both. The market was until recently dominated by biodegradable materials, but bio-based, non-biodegradable plastics have grown in a big way, and now make up about 58 percent of global production capacity. These materials appeal to customers because they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, avoid depleting fossil resources, and reduce landfill volumes. They can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including both disposable and durable goods, and ongoing innovation promises great growth for the industry.

 

Best disposal option for the “Leftovers” on the way to Zero Waste

This report considers a pre-processing scenario called Material Recovery, Biological Treatment to emphasize the recovery of recyclable materials in the process.

 

Incineration of garbage is Harmful and Wasteful

This PDF by Louis Legal reports on the impacts of incinerating garbage.

 

Market-based Zero-Waste Strategic Plan Hierarchy (2) 

The strategy follows 14 basic sequential steps which need to be followed carefully to assure success. It is important to stress that developing Zero Waste is a building process in which one needs to follow basic foundational steps. One should not expect to achieve desired targets if one omits key foundational steps.  Thus, one should not expect to develop a successful Zero Waste facility if one merely constructs or designs a facility, without having first carried out a full market assessment to understand and meet the communities needs and expectations.

Additional Reading Material

Why Zero Waste

 

Forests – threats – by Greenpeace

The Story of Stuff – by Annie Leonard

Wasting and Recycling in the United States 2000 – Brenda Platt & Neil Seldman

 

A Visionary Goal

 

George Washington Carver and Henry Ford: Pioneers of Zero Waste – John Ferrell

Better Living: In pursuit of happiness from Plato to Prozac – Mark Kingwell

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – William McDonough  & Michael Branugart

What is Zero Waste – Peter Montague

Getting at the Source: Strategies for Reducing Municipal Solid Waste – World Wildlife Fund

 

What Is Waste?

 

The Geographies of Garbage Governance: Interventions, Interactions and Outcomes – Anna R. Davies

MSW Characterization Methodology – EPA

How to Design Total Recycling Systems – Dan Knapp & Mary Lou Van Deventer

Setting the Standard for Recycling Measurement – Hope Pillsbury

Zero Waste Resources – Urban Ore

 

Avoiding Waste

 

Communication from the Commission. Towards a thematic strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste – Commission of the European Communities

Great To-Day and Greater Future – Henry Ford & Samuel Crowther

Zero Waste Organizations

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