WHAT IS WASTE?
Waste is considered to be made up of consumer goods that are disposed of after they are used. Examples include: food, furniture, electronics, appliances, tires, hazardous waste, construction & demolition debris, and recyclables.
The total generation of waste in 2015 was 262 million tons. That's 3.5 million tons more than the amount generated in 2014.
The total recycled materials in 2015 was 67.8 million tons.
Waste Fact: 5 recycled plastic bottles provides enough filling for one ski jacket.
WHAT IS WASTE DIVERSION?
Waste Diversion is simply diverting materials and waste from being landfilled.
Accomplishing waste diversion is more than just the recycling of materials though.
Waste reduction, prevention, and materials sourcing all need to be considered in a successful waste diversion program.
Some industries produce more waste and material streams than others. A comprehensive waste audit can identify key diversion areas and is a critical first step in developing and incorporating waste diversion as part of your business's sustainability initiatives.
WHY WASTE DIVERSION MATTERS
WHY DIVERT WASTE?
“Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.”
-Sylvia A. Earle
Recycling has twice the economic impact of burying it in the ground.
Companies that reuse or recycle more waste can realize significant cost reductions.
Waste diversion is one of the easiest ways to show your business’ commitment to resource conservation and sustainable operations. Improving your organization's waste diversion and sustainability efforts can attract new partners and clients to your business.
Waste diversion enhances operation processes and environmental prevention strategies.
Waste diversion and prevention reduces your environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.