Zero Waste

What is Zero Waste?

Zero waste is a waste management system designed to reuse and repurpose all possible product materials. Zero Waste means, “completely eliminating all harmful wastes that are a threat to land, water, air, human, animal or plant health (Zero Waste International Alliance).” BUT… it is more than reducing waste through recycling and repurpose. It is a system that its goals are to change in the way product materials flow through our society, resulting in zero waste. It focuses on redesigning production and distribution systems to reduce waste. Zero Waste means continually working towards eliminating wastes.  


The Zero Waste International Alliance defines Zero Waste as an, “Ethical, economical, efficient and visionary guide for people to change their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use(ZWIA).”   



  1. Continually working towards eliminating wastes completely, not just manage it.
  2. In order to do that, Whittier College must strive to incorporate recycling into the school’s way of life.



Industry and Government involvement

Eliminating waste from the start requires involvement from both manufacture industries and government. Zero waste will not be probable without substantial exertions and implements from industry and government since they have more say and power than us individuals.

Industry has control over production planning in order to emphasize the importance of waste prevention not just managing waste. Waste prevention starts from packaging design, manufacturing processes, and material. Government has the ability to create policies in order to enforce better product manufacturing and design.