Principles

Zero Waste projects:

  1. Are planned and designed with longevity and reuse in mind.
  2. Employ materials that are easily reclaimed and reused, sometimes in unconventional ways. Durable materials should be as close to their natural form as possible.
  3. Require minimal energy to transport, retool or customize materials.
  4. Use materials that may otherwise have been wasted. Reclaimed beetle-killed wood is one good example, as is recycled drywall, concrete or aggregate.
  5. Separate unused products and excess materials on-site.
  6. Rely on local suppliers, recycling methods and facilities and technology as partners to accomplish a Zero Waste goal and to minimize carbon emissions
  7. Serve as examples for improving legislation rather than waiting for legislation to impose standards.
  8. Are committed to closed-loop recycling and full use of all materials.
  9. Are mindful of their use of other resources such as water, light and airspace.
  10. Are an asset to the community in both the short and long term without sacrificing sound business practices, including profitability.

More information to follow on opportunities, challenges, caution, progress and initiatives.