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What is Zero Waste?

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Zero Waste means conserving all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and discharges to land, water, or air that may threaten the environment or human health.

Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century that does not simply about putting an end to landfills.

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According to CalRecycle, aiming for zero waste means designing products and packaging with reuse and recycling in mind. Most government, business, industrial, educational, etc., organizations are currently or very soon targeting zero Waste. With dwindling raw materials, current and future generations are demanding zero waste initiatives and putting their purchasing power, the money behind it.

Currently, our world’s production system commonly goes one way—from natural resources to landfills:

Today, a 90% reduction of e-waste being sent to landfills is considered an achievable goal by such groups as the Zero Waste International Alliance and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. We can help businesses and organizations achieve this goal.

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To be more specific, this broken production system goes:

  • Extracting natural resources like trees, precious metals, and petroleum.
  • Manufacturing the product. This often pollutes and excretes toxic and wasteful practices into products designed for the dump.
  • Distribution. Often shipping takes time and to long distances place, from the factory to the store.
  • The product gets sold. For consumers who receive a defective item, some return it to the store. And for the distributors, there are not many options at the moment to process reverse logistics. Often, it is additional work for most companies.
  • After using the products, most companies would dispose of these old used or defective electronics. Some toss it in trash bins where who knows where it would go. Some give it to recycling centers, where some tears them apart, destroying their value.
    When we need new products, we just head back to the natural resources like they’re in infinite supply.

Local governments, counties, and cities in California and other states have implemented zero waste programs or passed resolutions related to zero Waste. These zero waste guidelines don’t just apply to government facilities. They apply to businesses and other organizations as well. Environmental, Health and Safety, IT, and facility managers know that zero Waste is important, which is why tracking your sustainability efforts makes all the difference.

Part of achieving Zero Waste for any business or organization is about maintaining a commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.

Surplus Service Zero Waste Reporting, tools, and equipment will ensure that your social, environmental, and economic performance standards are met together. We can help you maintain transparent accounting and reporting systems so that your business or organization operates with the highest ethical standards for your customers.

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Surplus Service offers five core services to our clients: IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) / Asset Management, Medical Recycling, Reverse Logistics, Zero Waste Reporting and Data Destruction. For more information, click on a service below to learn more.

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