What is Zero Waste?
Have you ever wondered where is that “away” when we throw some something away? Well, bad news: there is no “away”. In the current ‘linear model’ most of our waste is either put in a landfill it, destroyed (incineration*) or trashing the nature and hurting the wildlife (littering). Pretty sad. But the good news is: there is a solution and it is simple! It is called the Circular Economy, or more precisely: the Zero Waste philosophy.
“Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water, or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. ”
– Definition of Zero Waste as adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance
The mission of Zero Waste Montenegro is to raise awareness, change behaviors and lobby to stop illegal waste dumping and promote reduction of waste production. Methodologies involve alternatives to single-use products and packaging, reusing and recycling discarded materials at the source, and moving away from waste incineration* and land-filling. Our vision is part of the global ecological transition, acting with respect for human rights and better consideration of the most disadvantaged and future generations. Read more about us and meet our team here. Zero Waste Montenegro is an official member of Zero Waste Europe.
* Incineration produces toxic fumes including dioxines which have a harmful effect on our health. Most waste incinerators do release some of them to different levels despite their filtering systems.
Zero Waste in Cities
A Zero Waste city is a city that has openly committed to the goal of continuously reducing waste generation and improving waste separate collection and hence redesigning the relationship between people and waste. Discover the network of Zero Waste cities throughout Europe and Montenegro Zero Waste Municipalities Program.
Zero Waste Lifestyle
Zero Waste forces us to think about the planet and the resources we want to leave to the future generation. So why not embracing a Zero Waste lifestyle today? Each of us can make a difference, each of us can ‘be the change we want to see in the world”. With every purchase you make, think about the traces you will leave, consider the importance of a plastic-free future. Remember: only 9% of the plastic ever produced has been recycled so far. still exist. Read more about Zero Waste lifestyle here.
Zero Waste in Business
Producers play a key role in the implementation of Zero Waste by the choice of product packaging they on the market. By choosing reusable and recyclable packaging, they take responsibility for those packaging and do not put it on us: consumers and tax payers. Read more about Zero Waste in Business
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