What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a long-term goal. It also represents the commitment to continuously reduce waste that is sent to landfills or incinerators. As well, it is a philosophy that requires us to critically look at the whole process from how things are designed to show 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 landfills. A Zero Waste program can positively impact climate change and help address health risks. It can also help us save money. Waste can be a valuable resource. 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.