Zero Waste 101

What is 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

What is the Zero Waste Hierarchy?

The Zero Waste Hierarchy expands on the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - highlighting the prevention and best uses of resources, then leading down to landfilling as the last resort. By practicing Zero Waste principles, we can:

  • Minimize the need for raw resource extraction.
  • Keep materials that have already been produced within the loop, diverting from the landfill.
  • Limit the end-of-life impacts on the environment.

Zero Waste Hierarchy new

*Hierarchy adapted from the Zero Waste International Alliance

Contact Us

Sort Toss Roll Inquiries on Zero Waste | Sorting Recyclables and Organics
250-756-5390
Monday to Friday | 8:00 - 4:30
SortTossRoll@nanaimo.ca

Kirsten Gellein Zero Waste Coordinator
250-755-4460 ext. 5495
kirsten.gellein@nanaimo.ca

Last updated: August 31, 2020

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