What does Zero Waste mean?
Zero waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary. It helps guide people and organizations in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. This means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials. Implementing zero waste initiatives will help eliminate discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.
SPC is a member of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, and our members are trained as Zero Waste Associates. We have extensive experience in zero waste and have been researching and implementing zero waste initiatives for over a decade. We help clients create closed loop systems by turning waste into resources and creating cost savings.
Zero Waste Services
Zero Waste Certification Process: We guide clients through the TRUE Zero Waste Certification* process and help plan, develop, and implement the necessary requirements and credits to achieve certification.
*Formerly known as Zero Waste Certification, Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and was developed by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC).
Zero Waste Planning & Assessments: We help organizations and municipalities develop strategies and plans for implementing zero waste practices. We conduct ZW assessments and gap analyses, and provide recommendations for implementing ZW as a pilot or broad-scale project.
Zero Waste Audits: Zero Waste audits include a physical waste audit and a comprehensive waste audits of current practices using a cradle-to-cradle approach. This audit is required for TRUE ZW certification and provides the baseline metrics for documenting and measuring performance over time.
Zero Waste GIS Mapping: Ever wonder where things can be recycled, composted, reused, etc., in your organization or municipality? GIS mapping for zero waste can be used to easily and efficiently locate the closest places and the best spots for getting rid of things that you are no longer using. This can include GIS online and phone applications, tracking systems, and developing materials that illustrate the zero waste process.