WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?
A system-wide approach that seeks to maximize recycling, minimize waste, reduce consumption, and ensure that products are designed to be reused, repaired, or recycled back into the environment or marketplace.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
According to the EPA in 2018, 292.4 million tons of municipal waste, with about 4.9 pounds per person daily was reported. All organic waste and trash, including plastic, usually ends up in a landfill, if not incinerated or in the ocean. As organic matter decomposes, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG) that impacts climate change and causes severe health conditions.