Zero Waste Pennsylvania

Zero Waste Pennsylvania (ZWPA) is a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council. In 2009 Zero Waste Pittsburgh (ZWP) was enacted to provide waste reduction services and resources in Western Pennsylvania as a community need. Today, Zero Waste Pennsylvania provides waste reduction techniques to various commercial businesses, residential entities, institutions, and special events across the state. Over the years our services have been utilized by a wide demographic, ranging from the individual persons to multiple Fortune 500 Companies such as FedEx Ground and Westinghouse Electric. We pride ourselves with many years of applied expertise in developing creative Zero Waste solutions.

What exactly is "Zero Waste"?

Zero Waste is a philosophy that aims to turn the “waste” from every process into resources for another process. In other words, outputs (waste) become inputs (resources) and nothing is wasted. This requires the designing and managing of products and processes to minimize and ultimately eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, this allows for the conservation and recovery all resources. Zero Waste represents an economic alternative to current waste systems, where new resources are continually required to replenish wasted raw materials. To learn more about the definition of Zero Waste, please click here. Explore the diagrams below to learn more:

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Key Benefits of Zero Waste

  • Saving money. Since waste is a product of inefficiency, the minimization of waste can reduce expenses.
  • Faster Progress. A zero waste strategy maximizes efficiency, improves upon production processes and improves environmental prevention strategies which can lead to more significant & innovative steps.
  • Supports sustainability. A zero waste strategy supports the three major goals of sustainability or what is called “The Triple Bottom Line.” People, Planet, Profit: supporting social well-being, environmental consciousness and protection, and economic well-being.
  • Materials flow in a closed loop. A zero waste or “cradle-to-cradle” strategy uses far fewer new raw materials and would send no waste materials to landfills; materials flow in closed loop cycles which means from that waste is minimized, and waste products can be recycled, composted and reused.