What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a very simple concept: it means as little is sent to landfill as possible. A Zero Waste effort requires looking at our own habits as residents and business owners and applying waste prevention principles that we’ve all heard before.

Refuse: Start at the source! Make less trash by saying “NO” to single-use items and material that is not recyclable or compostable. These small choices are heroic – especially when made collectively.

Reuse: When we choose reusable items, we put a major dent in our local waste streams. While there are people living completely zero waste lives (such as Lauren Singer, aka @trashisfortossers), the vast majority of us can have a look at our daily practices and find an opportunity to consider improved reuse.

Recycle: We can keep a LOT of waste out of the landfill by recycling; however, we must make sure it isn’t accidentally sent off to landfill at the end of its life. Additionally, prior to recycling it – decide if the item is truly at the end of its life.  Can it be donated and reused by another?

Compost: When food waste is composted, it generates healthy soil for growing healthy plants to nourish our community.

If you’d like to learn more about how to embrace Zero Waste, please join Recycle Utah for our upcoming Green Drinks on September 8th at 6pm hosted by Summit Community Gardens.


Recycle Utah, your community non-profit drop-off recycling center, provides these weekly tips. Visit their website for more information – www.recycleutah.org.