Zero Waste is a design principle and planning approach for the
environmental management of resources. It aims to prevent waste by design
rather than manage it after the fact. Sierra Club’s Zero Waste policy
addresses not only the quantity of waste we generate, but also its
toxicity, its contribution to climate change, and the important links
between waste reduction and corporate responsibility.
The goals of
our this policy integrate social,
environmental, and economic outcomes:
- Protecting public health and the environment from pollution and
greenhouse gas production.
- Conserving raw materials and energy in the production,
transportation, and disposal of goods.
- Reducing over-consumption by encouraging the consumer to eliminate
the purchase of unnecessary goods and packaging, especially single use,
- Facilitating community economic development and local jobs in
repair, refurbishing and recycling.
- Internalizing environmental and social costs in the prices of
products and services.
- Encouraging cradle-to-cradle design and management systems that
cycle all materials safely back into the environment or the marketplace.