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Definition of Zero Waste

"Zero Waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health."

Zero Waste International Alliance

Waste Prevention

For the Climate

Zero Waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators or the ocean. Currently, only 9% of plastic is actually recycled. In a zero waste system, material will be reused until the optimum level of consumption.

Zero Waste refers to waste prevention as opposed to end-of-pipe waste management. It is a whole systems approach that aims for a massive change in the way materials flow through society, resulting in no waste. Zero waste encompasses more than eliminating waste through recycling and reuse. It focuses on restructuring production and distribution systems to reduce waste. Zero waste is more of a goal or ideal rather than a hard target. Zero Waste provides guiding principles for continually working towards eliminating wastes.

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For the Climate

As we move closer towards the climate emergency, the role that waste management, anti-incineration, and reduced plastic production plays in lowering our global greenhouse gas emissions will become more and more important. At the international and national level, we need to address all sectors of society in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees.At The Junk Wizards we recognise the inherent climate impacts of waste and address this across all our work and are constantly striving to emphasise the mutual benefits of a zero waste lifestyle for both the environment and the climate.

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