By: Ashley Halligan, an Austin-based analyst regularly reporting on sustainability issues
More and more organizations from coast-to-coast are announcing their ambitious zero-waste initiatives–and achieving significant outcomes of 100 percent waste diversion.
Large companies like General Motors and Clorox, among many others have demonstrated that almost any organization can divert all of their waste–with an appropriate plan.
In a recent article I published, I had the opportunity to discuss this emerging trend with several industry experts to find out if this is an achievable goal by any organization–and, if so–how.
Experts from Waste Management, Zero Waste Alliance, RecycleMatch, and the International Environmental Alliance chimed in with their experiences.
Jay Coalson, Executive Director of Zero Waste Alliance, says, “The power of a zero-waste goal is both aspirational and tangible.”
Kirk Varga, Chief Sales Officer of the International Environmental Alliance, adds, “A zero-waste initiative is a great way for a facility to stay ahead of the sustainability curve, enhance positive visibility, and save money.”
So, how do the experts suggest an organization undertake an ambitious goal like zero-waste?
- Define Your Goal
- Engage Employees
- Audit and Tackle the Waste Stream: Reduce Consumption, Reuse Materials, Recycle, and Sell Challenging Byproducts
Organizations of all sorts are achieving this, proving that even manufacturing facilities with challenging waste products are capable. General Motors, for example, just announced its 100th facility to divert 100 percent of its waste from area landfills.
How has your organization tackled waste? Do you have insights for companies considering this goal? Please leave your comments below.
And for more insights, visit the original article with more expert thoughts here.