Zero Waste

Reducing consumption, re-using and recycling to achieve zero waste and zero pollution.

The goal of this principle is to reduce wasteful consumption, to maximise upcycling, reuse and recycling and to aim for zero waste to landfill.

Outcomes
Outcomes we can adopt include
We reuse and recycle more
We send zero waste to landfill
We pollute less
Actions
Actions we can take include
Install good recycling facilities
Reclaim materials and reuse them – for example old railway sleepers and use them in landscaping
Recognising and reducing polluting activities such driving
Indicators
Indicators we might track include
Percentage of waste by weight which is recycled
Percentage of waste by weight which is diverted from landfill
Tonnes or percentage of total food waste generated
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Promoting the circular economy
The current economy is linear, where we take from nature, make and dispose of products. This is no longer sustainable. We are not only creating large amounts of ‘waste’, but also facilitating loss of value from the materials and goods that we dispose. The circular economy is about gaining maximum value from assets and resources and considering the whole lifecycle of a product or building from the offset. Materials are kept in circulation for as long as possible – products are more durable, are easy to disassemble and reuse or recycle at the end of life. Alternative business models such as leasing, sharing and pay-per-unit also ensure that products are used to their maximum potential and kept in circulation longer.

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Goals and guidance for:

Cities
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Communities
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Companies
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Schools
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