Re: definition of Zero Waste - pass along

Bill Sheehan (
Fri, 21 May 1999 08:23:52 -0400

Dear Lynn,
Your definition of zero waste is o.k. for the downstream
part, but omits the upstream part: redesign, clean
production, waste prevention. Here are some
definitions from email discussions a year or so ago.
/Bill Sheehan
Network Coordinator
GrassRoots Recycling Network

[From Eric Lombardi]

Here's the latest definition I use when I have one minute to
make a point:

"The ZeroWaste Society makes products with a minimum
investment of natural resources and energy, and the
end-of-life options for those products are limited to re-use,
recycle, repair and compost."


<< the production of good or services in which waste
generation and management are not acceptable outcomes >>


<< We are dedicated to achieving a sustainable economy by
promoting zero waste as a design principle for the new
millennium, and polluter pays as an economic principle to
encourage waste avoidance. >>

-----Original Message-----
From: ZeroWasteAmerica <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 8:22 AM
Subject: definition of Zero Waste - pass along

I've been asked for a concise definition of 'zero waste'. This is what I've
come up with. Does anyone have any other suggestions, or can we agree on
this one?

"ZERO WASTE is the recycling of all materials back into nature or the
marketplace, in a manner that protects human health and the environment."

Lynn Landes, Founder and Director