Zero Waste – recent questions asked

It means 90%: Absolute zero waste is not technically feasible at this time. It means striving to do 100% to minimize and divert waste stream from the landfill. The 90% will most likely be composted or recycled and made into new products.

What is what: Compostable – food or a fiber-based product; recycle – if it looks like plastic, and if in doubt treat it as recyclable.

What is being done to achieve absolute zero waste – like can it be done: Right now it is an aspirational goal, and fully developed technology may take some years to make this goal achievable, even the full 90% might not be fully achievable for a number of reasons but inside a budget period 90% should be possible.

CO2Land believes the level of achievement is directly proportional to the effort taken, and it is making the effort that is important – that is moving from policy to action.

What is needed to go to zero waste: As usual it requires steps in several stages, like convince you local council of the need to implement a successful program. Steps include:

  • Sell Minimizing waste, working partners need to be established to eliminate waste at its source.
  • Switch to compostable and recyclable products: work with partners to find compostable and recyclable alternatives to products at the enterprises use point.
  • Update the infrastructure: to have recycling and composting containers throughout the sites.
  • Operations: We are also working to modify and enhance the way the business operates to ensure a successful program.
  • Education: Bringing in additional help to monitor our waste stations and to educate the population in the appropriate recycling practices. Additionally, ensure proper methods are used by those preaching, and invest in very visible signs that help educate fans about the new program.

What do I do with my trash: If you have any trash, please dispose of it into the recycling. The recycling facility will pull the trash out of the recycling and dispose of it properly.

What is compost: Definitions can vary, but CO2Land org likes this one “composting is the biological decomposition of organic material; people taking a natural process and manipulating it.” The organic waste taken will be decomposed and turned into nutrient rich material for healthy plant growth. For more information see: OSU-OARDC Compost Research Group

What are typical types of waste categories in proportion: The best endeavors are an estimate is representing the three types of waste found in most academic buildings.  The biggest portion is recycling, comprising of 60% of waste. Then compost, with 30% and the remaining 10%, is trash. However, it is a long term commitment to search for treatment alternatives for trash.

Thank you to those that contributed to this information, and CO2Land org understands ZeroWaste Australia Inc is well advanced on these very matters, and should be the inspiration of Australian efforts for appropriate accreditations.