LIVE SIMPLY & SUSTAINABLY WITH ZERO WASTE

Empowering San Diego County On Sustainable Resource Management Through Education, Awareness, & Action

OUR MISSION

Zero Waste San Diego promotes and manages zero waste programs and events, advocates for policy changes that promote a zero waste society, and educates people on how they can reduce the effects of climate change through sustainable resource management.

THE 8 R’S OF ZERO WASTE

Everything is a resource, and “just throwing it away” won’t help communities like San Diego continue to move toward the goal of zero waste. We have to start by changing our thinking.

Luckily for all of us, there are 8 opportunities for every individual and business to start reducing material going into the landfill or an incinerator and helping to create a sustainable society.

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REFUSE

Just say no by refusing to buy products that aren’t necessary or are harmful to the environment.

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REDUCE

Use less by reducing what you consume so you can create less waste and reduce your overall CO2 footprint.

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REUSE

Think beyond an item’s original purpose by reusing or repurposing what you already have in your home.

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ROT

Compost all organic materials back into the soil rather than a landfill to maintain a circular life cycle.

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REPAIR

Give an item extra life by fixing or repairing what you have before and consuming something new.

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REDESIGN

Lobby for redesign when a product cannot be recycled, composted, or repurposed.

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REGULATE

Vote for regulation that makes producers and manufacturers responsible for the end of life of their products.

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RECYCLE

Reduce the extraction of raw materials by recycling everything you can.

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HOW ZERO WASTE BENEFITS YOU, THE COMMUNITY & THE PLANET

Zero waste is a journey that starts with changing your mindset around using and managing the Earth’s resources. 

When we change how we think, we can change how we behave and respond to consumer behavior. 

We can ask ourselves, how does our interaction with resources and subsequent discards benefit you, the community, and the planet

Challenging the issue of food waste by buying less and donating excess food to those who need it helps divert organics from landfills.

Reducing what you buy and consume reduces the amount you discard as well as your overall footprint on the environment. 

Understanding what pollutants and toxic chemicals your products are made with can shift your consumption to safer products, reducing local and global pollution. 

Redistributing goods to those who need them contributes to a circular economy that encourages less waste and increases social benefits. 

Refusing non-essential stuff can make a huge impact on the planet, since you won’t have to worry about disposing or recycling it later. Just say no!

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH US

Not sure where to start? We’re here to help guide you in the right direction, no matter where you are in your zero waste journey. 

Check out how to get involved with Zero Waste San Diego below!

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