Zero Waste means minimizing the amount of garbage we create. You can produce zero waste by reusing as much as possible, recycling, and composting food scraps. Zero Waste emphasizes sustainability by considering the entire life cycle of products, processes, and systems.
The less waste that enters into landfills and incinerators, the less greenhouse gases and air pollutants that are released. Food waste entering landfills emits methane, which is a strong greenhouse gas with high climate change potential. And incinerators produce air pollutant by-products such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The way we produce, consume, and dispose of goods and food in the U.S. accounts for 42% of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions1. Therefore, we can make a significant impact by consuming less, recycling more, and composting.