Waste generation and diversion are vital components of any corporate sustainability program, particularly for programs positioning for a net-zero economy. Yet, many organizations are unsure how to get started in the world of Zero Waste to Landfill. Some are still holding out because of the ‘creeping costs’ of going green. Let’s look at what Zero Waste to Landfill really is and some tips for launching your program.
What Is Zero Waste to Landfill?
As businesses start to outline their sustainability targets, it’s important to remember there is a difference between Zero Waste and Zero Waste To Landfill. Zero Waste is broader in nature and refers to the conservation of resources across the product’s life cycle, including production and consumption. Zero Waste to Landfill is just that – the goal to divert the entirety of the business’s waste from landfill disposal to recycle, compost, or other methods of reuse. According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, zero waste to landfill is the diversion of 90% of discarded materials from landfills, incinerators, and the environment. That leaves organizations with some wiggle room to make the most impact possible.
The Value of Zero Waste to Landfill Programs
A Zero Waste to Landfill program is a significant first step for organizations adopting a true Zero Waste mission, resulting in several benefits. For example, Zero Waste will play a critical role in preparing for the net-zero economy investors, community groups, and other key audiences that are pushing for zero waste. Additionally, Zero Waste programs are proven to lower costs, inspire new revenue opportunities, enhance company reputation, and engage employees.
Tips For Setting Zero Waste to Landfill Goals
Setting sustainability targets can often times feel like you’re drinking from a water hose if you don’t have a solid foundation to work with. However, it’s not as daunting as it seems. Companies like Accenture, Microsoft, and Subaru are great examples of setting company-tailored Zero Waste or Zero Waste to Landfill targets. For those starting from scratch, here are a few more quick tips:
- Set a baseline by monitoring your company’s waste generation practices
- Engage employees to champion in-office zero waste practices (i.e., using reusable water bottles, eliminating single-use plastics, and adopting a recycling policy)
- Work with suppliers to enhance their landfill diversion processes
- Partner with a sustainability-focused waste management expert that can help you meet your goals
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