- United States
- Washington, King County
- King County has implemented numerous zero waste type programs over the last 10 years, recently characterizing all programs under one "Zero Waste of Resources" umbrella. See King County 's web site [off-site] for information on KC's ZWR 2030 programs.
- Scroll down to Title 10, Chapter 10-14 of King County Code [off-site] to read their ZWR ordinance, (adopted 2004.)
2002 (California State - October 29, 2002)
- Oregon Department
of Environmental Quality
Strategic Plan 2000 - (Excerpt) - Vision includes Zero
Waste: "Work is done with non-polluting technologies and
with materials that are either fully recovered or fully
returned to a natural state at the end of their product
life cycle; there will be "zero waste" in our lives." See
Del Norte County
Santa Cruz County
City of Seattle
- North Carolina,
- First state
ZW goal legislation (introduced 1997- not passed)
District of Kootenay Boundary (2002)
Declares Zero Waste! (article - January 2001)
- Nova Scotia
Summary of the Nova Scotia Solid Waste-Resource Management
- Nova Scotia is one
of the leading provinces in waste diversion in Canada, having
achieved 50% in 2000 by official calculations. They have
the most extensive set of disposal bans in North America,
beverage container deposits that reward refillables, and
other progressive programs.
- British Columbia,
Canada - Thanks to Michael
Jessen for these links.
- Regional groups
have embraced the concept of Zero Waste and adopted
it as a policy. The new strategy, called "Bringing
Zero Waste to Kootenay Boundary – A Strategy for
a Waste Free Future" provides a blueprint for moving
from concept to implementation. It consists of eight
initiatives to be pursued at the local level and ten
initiatives involving local government efforts to influence
change at the provincial level. The strategy is broad-based,
targeting increased materials efficiencies in businesses,
local economic development through "resource recovery"
and public policy renewal to facilitate the development
of a zero waste economy.
for the Future: The Possibility of Zero Waste in the
Regional District of Nanaimo - paper for the Regional
District of Nanaimo by Normandy Daniels - May 2001.
Waste Working Group - a committee of the Recycling
Council of BC.
- Zero Waste
Toolkit for Local Government designed to assist
local governments in evaluating the benefits and
feasibility of using zero waste as a framework for
resource management planning.
paper (Zero Waste One Step at a Time - Benefits
and Applications for Retail Businesses) introducing
the concept of zero waste as a tool to assist retail
and other types of businesses to increase their
economic efficiency and move towards long term sustainability.
Waste North - Information on how zero waste can
benefit the local economy and provide new jobs.
- Nature Conservation
Council of New South Wales
Zero Waste by 2010 - An Integrated Waste Elimination Strategy
for New South Wales - (Report - November 2000)
- New Zealand
Not Asia - (Launched July 2000)
- An alliance
of Asia-Pacific Nations for promotion of Clean Production
and a Zero-Waste oriented society.
plan urged to get rid of dumps
- Holland, Sweden,
Legislates for Sustainability
Sweden, May 4, 2001 (ENS) - The Swedish government today
underlined its determination to make Sweden the world's
most environmentally sustainable nation by proposing a series
of legal targets and deadlines for implementing 15 over-arching
environmental quality objectives adopted in 1999.
from Gary Gardner and Payal Sampat, 'Mind Over Matter: Recasting
the Role of Materials in Our Lives', Worldwatch Paper 144,
December 1998, page 26.
one generation, nations can achieve a ten-fold increase
in the efficiency with which they use energy, natural resource
and other materials."
Study calls for national Zero Waste Fund & Agency - (1999)
- Isle of Man
Emissions Research Initiative - Head Office
- "ZERI seeks
to create a new paradigm of sustainable industry by targeting
zero gaseous, liquid and solid emissions, and by making
Zero Emissions a world-wide industry standard."