Emterra would like to show you how to talk the talk and walk the Zero Waste walk. As part of our service to our customers, we can design your resource management program to achieve and improve diversion rates and generate less waste, while at the same time decreasing the carbon footprint of your operations…and benefit your bottomline.
Adopting Zero Waste policies doesn’t mean you won’t generate any waste at all. What it does mean is that you will adopt principles and practices to help you, your organization or your municipality reduce the amount of waste generated and divert more of those resources into useful next generation product cycles. And it means you will continuously strive to improve and to do more to increase that diversion.
The Zero Waste International Alliance defines Zero Waste as "a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate 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 are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health."
One of the key ways to make quick inroads toward Zero Waste is to boost solid waste diversion and recycling participation rates through single stream recycling. It can work for both municipalities and for commercial businesses. For some municipal curbside collection programs, single stream recycling has proven to require fewer trucks while simultaneously increasing productivity and decreasing kilometres traveled and fuel consumed. These factors alone contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and lower operating costs.
The following are some examples of Zero Waste initiatives we used to help shrink our environmental footprint: