Just when there are tons of garbage from all over the world combined, the ambitious plight of having ZERO waste may become a far-fetched goal. Yes, it may be large-scale or go-getting, but suffice it to say, it is not impossible. The goal of Zero waste can be achieved but it has to start somewhere. It is reassuring to know that there are small towns and cities, both from rich and poor areas alike, from the global North and South, there are a select few that are making efforts in gearing towards Zero Waste.
It is important to know that before gearing towards zero waste, there should be an awakening on how people do with their waste. What should be done? What should be the new way of thinking? Once, there is a repositioning on how people view their garbage and waste, it could be a brand new start.
How do we go about gearing towards Zero waste? Aside from protecting and recovering natural resources by disposing of waste through dumps and landfills and employing recycling, reducing and reusing techniques, the main target of gearing towards Zero waste is through producing materials that can all be reused, reduced, recycled and composted. After all, what good can a ZERO waste plan of action is when products cannot be recycled nor reused in the first place?
Practicing and realizing Zero waste means it should start from the production process, meaning all raw materials are maximized to its full potential while taking into account ecological limitations and the rights and health of workers and communities involved.
According to an article from the Huffington Post, “Zero waste strategies help societies to produce and consume goods while respecting ecological limits and the rights of communities. The strategies ensure that all discarded materials are safely and sustainably returned to nature or to manufacturing in place of raw materials. In a zero waste approach, waste management is not left only to politicians and technical experts; rather, everyone impacted — from residents of wealthy neighborhoods to the public, private, and informal sector workers who handle waste — has a voice.”