In a world with finite resources, achieving a state of Zero-waste may eventually become an imperative. In nature, there is no waste. Waste for one process is food for another. Each organism in a forest plays a unique role in repetitively cycling nutrients, water, and energy throughout the system. Is it possible for a company to mimic nature? To be productive and profitable, yet produce no waste?
From college campuses to manufacturing facilities, organizations with the highest sustainability objectives aim to create no waste at all – and they are succeeding.
Striving for Zero-Waste
Zero-waste targets are one of the highest sustainability goals an organization can set. Achieving zero-waste involves eliminating all the non-product outputs, byproducts that don't have a marketable value. To accomplish this requires a cultural shift, where every bit of excess waste is a missed opportunity. An organization dedicated to a zero-waste is often energized as they strive for continuous improvement, by constantly seeking greater value from byproducts and utilizing the most innovative technologies.
Mobilize your organization with Waste Management’s solution experts
Our team of eco-consultants offers guidance and real-world solutions to help your organization execute a zero-waste approach. We will assist you every step of the way, from strategy to implementation, always seeking the highest value for your resources. The result is a strategy that drives innovation, while benefiting the bottom line. We constantly seek solutions that are higher and higher on the waste resolution hierarchy, moving away from beneficial disposal and toward reduction and elimination of waste.
Implementing new solutions
Like any far-reaching initiative, extensive cooperation is needed within your organization to achieve the greatest success. We can work together to create the organizational dynamics necessary for these initiatives to thrive. Many of the components of a zero-waste approach reside outside your walls, involving your suppliers and even your customers. Our team will examine the environmental impact of your product or service, including its raw material input, non-product output, consumer use, and final disposition. We can draw from our vast infrastructure and network of alliances every step of the way.
Some manufacturers are taking the zero-waste approach one step further by designing products with end-of-life in mind. Closed-loop solutions use old products to create new products and often result in considerable cost savings. Another beneficial approach is to use non-product outputs to manufacture high-value goods, such as countertops made from demolition waste and clothing made from plastic bottles, thus reducing waste by concentrating on resource productivity and next-life solutions. Regardless of your industry, we can help transform your waste into resources.