Zero Waste

Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.

Why this Matters

For My Organization

Reducing your organization’s waste can save you money by lowering your garbage bill and also reduce your purchasing costs through reuse.  Plus – its often more funky and cool in New Orleans to have locally sourced, reusable material.

For New Orleans

For every can of garbage at the curb, there are 87 cans worth of materials that come from the extraction industries—such as timber, agricultural, mining and petroleum—that manufacture natural resources into finished products.  We can save money, protect limited resources, and create more jobs as a community if we reduce the amount of waste we create.

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15 Organizations with the Zero Waste indicator.