Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign
of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent
to landfills and incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that
resources are reused in nature
What is zero waste
o Too see a reduction in the amount of waste (in tonnes) send to landfill
(target is 66% resources recovery rate by 2014
o Encourage people to avoid waste,and to reuse and recycle more
o Awareness on environmental waste issues and behaviour change on those
Zero Waste Systems Inc (ZWS), which was founded by PhD chemist Paul
Palmer in the mid-1970s in Oakland, California
New Zealand became the first country in the world to adopt the national policy
of zero waste
• Over 50% of the Cities-Country adopted ZW as a goal
Zero Waste plan was launched in Scotland by Scottish government
on 9th june,2010
Other cities implementing zero waste plan:-
Adelaide,captial city of south Australia
Stockholm, capital city of Sweden
San Francisco-for zero waste energy
United Kingdom-England, Wales
Asia- Philippines; Kamikatsu, Japan;Kovalam,India
Kanchrapara Municipality-West Bengal, India
Zero Waste Alliance
The Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) has a clear and simple vision: a prosperous
and inclusive future without waste. A future without waste and toxics is not
just a dream; it’s a necessity. Waste reduces the effectiveness of our
businesses, increases pressures on the natural environment and harms the
vitality of our communities.
ZWA’s Visionary Goal Strives for:
Zero Waste of Resources - energy, materials and
Zero Waste in Production Activities – recycling,
Zero Waste in Product Life – go to market, use, end of
Zero Emissions – air, soil, water, solid and hazardous
Zero Use of Toxics – processes and products
zero waste management
Avoiding waste clearly is the optimum strategy for reducing environmental impact and
costs. We seek to avoid shrink (the loss of product due to error, theft, or product damage)
in our stores with methods such as improved ordering. To avoid waste, we apply
creativity and innovation to figure out new ways to keep products from becoming waste.
Reducing waste means thinking creatively about ways to minimize the waste we
produce. For example, Delhaize Belgium is working on a pilot program to provide select
dry foods, fresh foods that are about to reach their sell-by dates, and frozen bread daily to
groups that will distribute them to the needy on the same day.
Reusing items that would otherwise become waste requires stringent attention to food
safety, as well as the foresight to envision other uses for items that have typically been
thrown away. For example, Delhaize Belgium reuses plastic crates in its distribution
centres, rather than using disposable containers.
Recycling is well established across the Group. Our operating companies have run
recycling programs for years. Beyond cardboard recycling, we also recycle plastic, paper,
wood, metal and other materials where possible.
Landfills are only used when all other possibilities have been exhausted. Garbage is
buried at these waste disposal sites. However, landfills produce hazardous emissions and
contribute to climate change
• disposables (paper towels, garbage liners, wax paper,
aluminium sheets, disposable plates, cups, etc....)
• Learn to love your tap water.
• Turn your trash can into a big compost keeper. Use your tiny
compost keeper as a trash can
• Use 100% recycled and unbleached toilet paper individually
wrapped in paper
• Refill your bottles with bulk shampoo and conditioner.
• Welcome alternative house cleaning tools: a metal scourer on
stainless, a wooden brush for light scrubbing, an old
toothbrush for hard to reach places
• Let houseplants absorb toxins and clean your air. Open a
window instead of plugging in an air freshener.
ZERO WASTE IN HOME
• Use ceramic dishes and cloth napkins at all times.
• Stop buying CD and DVD's – download music and videos online
• Use refillable pens, piston fountain pens, mechanical pencils,
refillable white board markers
• Reuse paper clips (available in bulk) instead of staples, or
a staple-free stapler
• Use memory sticks and external drives instead of CD’s.
• Do not buy jumbo size medication jars, they expire way
before you can finish them.
• Choose metal tubes instead of plastic
• Clean cuts and scrapes with soap and water, forgo the plastic
Band-Aids and let air-dry.
ZERO WASTE MANAGEMENT IN INDIA
India's first zero waste toilet system inaugurated
TIRUCHIRAPALLI: Aiming to encourage public to follow environment-friendly solid waste
management practices and end open defecation, a Zero Waste Toilet System (ZWTS),
claiming to be the first in the country,
People from Bangalore, Pune and Tamil Nadu and other places are major
buyers of this dry waste. The zero waste management units at Kumbarkoppal are earning thousands of
rupees through manufacturing the compost manure and also from segregating waste.
There is a big demand for this manure from farmers and also from
companies. The cost of this compost manure ` five per kilo.
VIJAYAWADA: Concepts like ‘waste to energy’ and ‘waste to manure’ play a crucial role
in the solid waste management. As part of this, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation
(VMC) has promoted Shriram Energy Systems and Excel Industries at Ajit Singh Nagar for
recycling of solid waste and vegetable waste. A biomethanisation plant was also set up to
process the vegetable and slaughter house waste.