Changing the definition of “waste” in a circular economy
What is Zero Waste-to-Landfill? At its core, zero waste-to-landfill is exactly what it sounds like: diverting all waste from landfill disposal. Businesses and communities are getting there by moving up the waste hierarchy, which consists of the 4 R’s:
- Reducing materials consumption and waste
- Reusing materials
- Recycling, composting and using anaerobic digestion
- And then, for whatever’s left over, Recovering energy
To summarize, it’s all about reducing waste and beneficially reusing the waste we do generate.
Why pursue Zero Waste-to-Landfill?
The waste hierarchy of the U.S. EPA and European Union shows waste management activities in descending order of preference for managing waste’s impact on the environment. By following the waste hierarchy for the management of municipal solid waste, we can reduce our impact on the planet, lower greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. Our core business, Waste-to-Energy, provides communities and businesses with a critical tool for moving up the hierarchy, by diverting waste from landfills and recovering energy from that waste.
Zero Waste vs Zero Waste-to-landfill
Zero waste is an admirable goal, but it is currently not attainable. Managing waste is an essential service for communities and business, and there are two options for waste that remains after recycling – landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. All methods of managing waste have an impact – it’s most important to minimize those impacts. The bottom line is that waste made today must go somewhere and be managed responsibly. It’s our goal to help the communities and businesses we serve do that in the most sustainable manner possible by focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling and landfill avoidance.
Who can do it?
Nearly any business or community can achieve zero waste-to-landfill. We have helped many reach their goals of finding a more responsible way to dispose of waste. Learn more about how we can help here.