Zero Waste is a ‘whole system’ approach to resource management that maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace.
Zero Waste systems – including waste prevention and recycling — reduce greenhouse gases by:
1. Saving energy – especially by reducing energy consumption associated with extracting, processing and transporting ‘virgin’ raw materials manufacturing with recycled materials uses less energy overall compared with manufacturing using virgin materials;2. Increasing carbon uptake by forests (recycled paper, for example, leaves more trees standing so they can breathe in our carbon dioxide); and3. Reducing and eventually eliminating the need for landfills (which release methane) and incinerators (which waste energy relative to recycling and reuse).
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