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“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.  Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.  Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”


What is Zero Waste?
"Zero Waste is a set of policies and goals, based on the concept of "waste as a resource", that will lead our community to a sustainable way of living."
"Zero Waste ia a design principle for the 21st Century that seeks to redesign the way resources and materisals flow through society."


There are four central concepts to the Zero Waste system:
1. Changing the Rules to support resource recovery.
2. Producer Resposibility to hold industry liable for creating less toxic and more efficient products.
3. Purchasing for Zero Waste to use our buying power as our voice for Zero waste.
4. Resource Recovery Infrastructure to build the processing and recovery systems that move us toward Zero Waste .
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Zero Waste System

Zero Waste communities are developing world wide:
California, Washington, Colorado, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, India, Italy, UK and Canada to name a few.


Zero Waste Kauai is a grassroots organization born from a study conducted by Apollo Kaua'i concerning the Waste to Energy facility proposed by Barlow Industries. We immediately saw the need to curtail the efforts of our government leaders and educate ourselves to the positive benefits and methods of utilizing the Max 3R's.

Zero Waste Kauai's Mission is to advocate, educate and promote the benefits of Zero Waste to our community and leaders in order to achieve an island-wide zero waste management system which conserves resources and diverts waste from the landfill.

Our current goals are: island-wide curbside recycling, including green waste to provide us with soil enriching compost; to turn our trash into a resource; to ban Styrofoam & plastic and most importantly to be wiser consumers.