"Zero waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health."
- Zero Waste International Alliance
WHY ZERO WASTE?
Around the country and the world, landfills are exceeding capacity. Rhode Island’s landfill is expected to reach capacity by 2034 or most likely sooner.
In addition to overfilled landfills, trash burning incinerators are the largest sources of pollution in some areas. These incinerators negatively affect human health, often causing the most harm to marginalized communities, especially to communities of color. Not only can they release toxins like lead and mercury, but they also are a source of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
Every year, huge amounts of waste, specifically plastic waste are also making their way into our waterways and oceans.
In nature, there is no waste. Everything can be broken down and made into something else, reused and recycled. Humans alone possess the creation of waste which fail to return to the environment to be used again. Through zero waste practices we can reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, incinerators, and polluting our oceans.