What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste: Designing, using and managing products and processes to eliminate all waste and conserve and recover all resources.
Reduce, reuse, recycle! As the world's population continues to increase, so does the demand for resources. Recycling diverts waste from our landfills into facilities that can separate and process the waste so that it can be made into new products. Recycled products not only reduce the need for new materials, they also decrease the amount of energy used in production of products. Recycling is one of the easiest ways we can help reduce our impact on the planet.
One of the biggest foreseeable needs for future generations is the need for food. Composting items diverts compostable materials from our landfills into separate facilities that allow those materials to break down and create new soil. The soil produced has nutrients and good bacteria that the current food systems have depleted from the Earth. By adding compost into the food system, we are ensuring future generation's access to healthy and flavorful food.
Recycling off-campus in our personal lives is important, too. While Colorado Springs lacks some of the recycling resources of other cities in Colorado, with a little effort it is possible to recycle most anything that is recyclable here. For more information on local recycling resources, visit the city's recycling website. Or check out Goal Zero, who's proceeds directly benefit Care and Share's mission to bring food and hope to people at risk of hunger in 31 southern Colorado counties.