What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste is a long term goal. It also represents the commitment to continuously reduce waste that is sent to landfill or incinerator. As well, it is a philosophy that requires us to critically look at the whole process from how things are designed to how they are consumed and disposed of. In a Zero Waste system, used materials are being recovered for reuse, and minimum waste is being sent to landfill. A Zero Waste program can positively impact climate change and help address health risk. It can also help us save money. Waste can be valuable resources. By re-designing the life cycle of resources, it is more likely that waste is recovered and turned into resources for further use. A Zero Waste system requires sustainability policies, infrastructure and programs to empower citizens to act responsibly.

For information on how to sort your waste, visit the “What Goes Where” FAQ.

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