Zero Waste

What is Zero Waste?

The visionary goal of Zero Waste is a philosophy and design principle for the 21st century that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. Communities worldwide are realizing the overwhelming, overflowing landfills are not sustainable and are pursuing Zero Waste policies and practices. Heralding fundamental change is the founding principle in the aim toward Zero Waste. This means education is the first step to creating a Zero Waste community.

Humans are the only species that create waste. In the past 50 years, humans have consumed more resources than in all previous history. Zero Waste efforts are the modern day approach to facing solid waste management. Instead of managing wastes, we endeavor to manage resources and strive to eliminate waste. Zero Waste practices help us use fewer resources more efficiently, enhance recycling and composting practices, and redesign products, lifestyles and education with a sustainable long-term focus.

Can we get to a 90% waste-free society or are we dreaming?

The answer to that question is cause for celebration and optimism. Be patient. It takes time to phase out old habits and phase in new ones. Changing behaviour toward sustainability is a constant evolution.

Here’s what we are doing to help create a Zero Waste Community:

You can also refer to the City of Victoria’s handy guide: