The concept of Zero Waste is an end goal but with a caveat. The goal is to truly reduce total waste generation to zero, but the reality is average organization (Business, school, home, or city) attempting "Zero Waste" achieve approximately 90% diversion. The process entails the analysis of your total waste generation, then redesigning your business process to design the waste out. If you know that at the end you have large portions of X, then go upstream and change your process to eliminate all the residual of X. Design for obsolescence.
Information in Zero Waste:
- Choose to Reuse Single Use Carry Out Bags
- Environmentally-Friendly Food Packaging
- Organic Waste Recycling Program
reduce food waste
To reduce food waste and help food insecure families, edible food may be donated to the following organizations:
- Monterey County Food Bank: 353 W. Rossi Street in Salinas, https://foodbankformontereycounty.org/
- Salvation Army: 800 Scott Street in Sand City, https://montereypeninsula.salvationarmy.org/monterey_peninsula_corps/cure-hunger/
- Thomas Carman Food Pantry: 425 Carmel Avenue in Marina (non-perishables only), https://www.thomascarmenfoodpantry.org/
- Meals on Wheels: 700 Jewell Avenue in Pacific Grove, https://www.mowmp.org/
Choose to Reuse
Use reusable bags every time you shop instead of plastic ones.
- Each year billions of bags end up in our streets as litter.
- Production requires vast amounts of oil.
- Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, but instead break down into small toxic particles polluting our soil and waterways.
- Recent studies have shown that plastic outnumbers plankton 6:1 in the ocean.