WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?
According to Zero Waste International Alliance, “Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.
Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.
Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”
WHY GO ZERO WASTE?
One of the most daunting sustainability issues facing the world is the mounting waste problem, which impairs public health, pollutes the environment and threatens to drown some poor countries in toxicity. United States is one of the leading nations globally that generated the most trash. In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material - equivalent to a recycling rate of only 34.3%.
Many Americans are oblivious to this problem because "out of sight, out of mind". However, the problem is larger than it appears to be.
FOOD WASTE FOR THOUGHT
According to the Food & Agricultural Organization, if food waste is a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gas behind China and United States.
Waste diversion is the process of diverting waste from landfills to be composted or recycled with the goal of reaching zero waste. The City of National City, together with other South Bay communities, is committed to work towards zero waste.
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These websites provide resources for you to manage your waste properly and for you to transition to a zero waste lifestyle. Here are some of the tips:
Refuse to buy products that can harm you, your family and the environment.
Think about what you use and buy. Could you use less?
If the above four options are exhausted please recycle as much as you can. Ask your local waste hauler what items are acceptable for recycling. Recycling is a great way to open your eyes to all that you toss and a chance to rethink your future purchases.
The National City Chamber of Commerce partners with many sustainability-oriented businesses and organizations. Here are some additional resources for you to divert waste:
EDCO is a Family Owned and Locally Operated waste collection and recycling company, serving numerous
communities in Southern California since 1967. EDCO specializes in offering integrated, user-friendly waste
removal and recycling programs to serve residential homes, multi-family properties, commercial businesses,
multi-tenant buildings, industrial centers, construction sites, and community events.
Businesses that divert recyclable materials from rubbish containers can potentially reduce trash collection costs. If your company or multi-tenant property is serviced on multiple waste collection days, or has more than one trash dumpster, you may be able to save money by recycling. Retail businesses, office buildings, restaurants, convenience stores, industrial centers, apartments and condominiums can all set up our simple and convenient recycling program.
EDCO offers recycling programs that allow your employees and/or tenants to collect a variety of recyclable materials. To ensure program success, your Service Representative can provide bilingual educational materials to support your program.
Phone: (619) 474-8855
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Zero Waste information provided by: Zero Waste International Alliance