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Zero Waste

                                              Northerm Windows and Doors

 

Salvation Army

 

Darren Holcombe

 

Canadian Tire

 

 

Here is a video on the Story of Stuff posted by Zero Waste Yukon 

For more videos from Zero Waste Yukon please click here.

 

What is it?

Zero Waste is defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance as:… a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce 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 may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.

For videos on the 10 Steps to Zero Waste by Dr. Paul Connett please visit our YouTube site:  Ravensataion

 

Zero Waste Information PosterWith limits to our resources and significant concerns about rising GHG largely due to overconsumption, it is clear that there is no more “away.” We need to start looking at the whole road from design – extraction – production – distribution – consumption – disposal. This can no longer be a one-way road.

Zero waste offers a path that mimics nature’s cycles by challenging us to redesign our products and processes to maximize recycling and composting and to minimize waste generation.

The United Nations Urban Environmental Accord established a goal of Zero Waste by 2040. A quickly growing number of businesses, countries, provinces, major cities around the world are adopting the Zero Waste approach to product design and resource management. The City of Whitehorse has created a goal of Zero Waste for 2040 in the Sustainability Plan.

 

 

Sound Impossible?

If Whitehorse composted and recycled everything there is currently a market or process for, we would divert 75% of our garbage. That leaves only 25% to be redesigned from the front end so it could ultimately be recycled or composted. This requires bigger systemic change of course, but we can start by maximizing recycling and composting. Note: Businesses that reach 90% diversion are considered Zero Waste, because as some say, it’s Zero Waste or darn near!