What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a term that can be interpreted in different ways. Type “zero waste” into Google and you will get more than 480,000,000 hits within a second. Zero waste is a concept in which the disposer (organization) demonstrates that it applies a policy in which residual waste is not tolerated. The aim is to create a working environment that is free of waste and where only raw materials have a place. In this way, a contribution is made to the well-being of humanity, the environment, the reuse of raw materials and the reduction of CO2 footprint and the promotion of a circular economy. In fact, Zero Waste is a principle or philosophy that concerns the entire process in which all parties in a chain continuously strive to reduce residual waste. Starting with reducing the waste that you produce yourself, but also the waste that is created by your use elsewhere in the chain.

What is a Zero Waste Office?

The waste management system includes all products entering the company (via purchasing or via employees/visitors), the use of products within the organization and the products leaving the organization (via own power or via employees, visitors and suppliers). . The waste management system must be aimed at ensuring that as little residual waste as possible is released (not above the established maximum). In addition, the waste management system also aims to reduce all forms of waste flows, even if they are recyclable. Where possible, alternatives are sought for products that are residual waste, but in this changing market this is a permanent process. Consider, for example, the dust in a vacuum cleaner bag.

What is the Zero Waste Certification quality mark?

The Zero Waste Certification quality mark is an independent and recognised quality mark for a Zero Waste Office. This assures your stakeholders that the quality of the waste policy for your residual waste-free office is sound and that all waste streams leaving your office are raw materials. This is the start of a process of continuous work to ensure that the office is kept free of residual waste. In this way, as an organisation, you have done everything possible in the field of waste management to deal with your waste streams in the most sustainable way possible and thus have the least possible impact on the environment.

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