Zero Waste

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Environmental Programs
526 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-5662
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Ted J. Terrasas, REHS
Sustainability Coordinator
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Toward Zero Waste“If you are not for Zero Waste, how much waste are you for?” - Gary Liss

 The concept of Zero Waste is an end goal but with a caveat. The goal is to truly reduce total waste generation to zero, but the reality is average organization (Business, school, home, or city) attempting "Zero Waste" achieve approximately 90% diversion. The process entails the analysis of your total waste generation, then redesigning your business process to design the waste out. If you know that at the end you have large portions of X, then go upstream and change your process to eliminate all the residual of X. Design for obsolescence.
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Waste Reduction Tips
Eliminate Packaging
  • Ask suppliers to take back pallets or switch to more durable pallets that can be re–used.
  • Investigate other reusable packaging, such as boxes.
  • Re–use received boxes and packaging for outgoing shipments.
  • Shred or crumple waste paper for use as packing material.
  • Use Less — Re–Use More

Reduce Paper Use
  • Use both sides of the page. Draft reports can be printed on the back of paper that has been used once. Set aside such paper for printers and copy machines.
  • Make double–sided photocopies. Reports can be copied on both sides of the page.
  • Print only the number of copies necessary. Limit the distribution of correspondence and reports to only those who really need hard copies.
  • Route one hard copy to several readers.
  • Use email or bulletin boards for sending and receiving information.
  • Accept papers with minor handwritten corrections for internal documents.
  • Set printers and copiers to default to double sided copies.
  • Reduce Packaging and Shipping Materials

Use Smarter
  • Use and maintain durable equipment and supplies. High quality, long–lasting supplies and equipment that can be repaired easily mean fewer discards. Durable items last longer, offsetting higher initial costs.
  • Re–use products and supplies. Use durable, reusable products rather than single–use materials. A one–time investment for reusable items ends the frequently expensive cycle of discarding and reordering.
  • Use supplies and materials more efficiently. Change company policies and operations to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and conserve materials. Set up a re–use area where employees can take unneeded supplies rather than throwing them away and encourage staff to "shop" there.
  • Exchange, sell, or give away unneeded goods for re–use. Donate excess food, used furniture, and other materials to local organizations such as homeless shelters or charities. Reduce unwanted or multiple copy mail. Get off unwanted mailing lists, and share subscriptions to professional magazines. No more junk mail.