What does zero waste actually mean?

Zero waste

Zero waste is a term used frequently when talking about recycling. But what does zero waste actually mean and is it achievable?

  • Zero waste might not necessarily mean zero waste – Achieving zero waste is a certainly something to aim for but whether it can truly be achieved is questionable. However, setting a target to reach zero waste but achieving say, 80% still represents a significant stride forward.
  • Is zero waste the same as circular economy? – Much of this is simply about terminology. However, the creation of the term circular economy is aligned to sustainability and recycling rather than the inference the inclusion of the word zero has which suggests the reduction of something. As we will see later, it’s important to think of waste as a resource, whilst it is referred to as waste then automatically its value decreases.
  • How does attempting to achieve zero waste affect the customer? Truth is that it probably doesn’t unless through knowing what process has taken place to reduce waste, it changes the end consumer’s behavior. It’s also important that the end consumer understands the importance of recycling for the process to begin again.
  • Think of waste more as a resource – As long as waste isn’t ending up in landfill then it becomes a resource. That has to be the aim, to ensure that as many products as possible are being reused, recycled or repurposed. However, it is important to make the distinction of what waste actually is. For example in the food industry defining the context of what waste and surplus actually mean in this sphere, leads to you an entirely different conclusion.
  • We all need to buy into the process – It’s not enough for just businesses to be identifying ways to reduce waste and ways to improve processes. It requires Government intervention and consumer buy-in too. If landfill is ultimately not available then industries are forced to be creative and invest in alternatives. However, policy and infrastructure still needs to be in place so that rubbish is not illegally dumped or exported. It’s a responsibility that we all have to bear if we are to preserve and make the most of the resources we have.

When it comes to the disposal of electronic equipment, this where we come in.

RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system.
To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.

We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.

An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and 
description of all the items collected.

Hazardous waste notes will be issued for redundant equipment such as monitors and batteries that contain hazardous materials.

We can also ensure secure data destruction. The security of unwanted data held on file by way of magnetic media, computer hard drives, 
backup tapes, CD’s or floppy drives is controlled by the Data Protection Act 1998. All data bearing devices are dealt with by Recycle IT 4U in one of two ways:-

  • Physical shredding
  • Electronic wiping of DATA (only applicable if approved by you the customer)

Data held on hard drives is removed or eradicated using approved software and hardware in accordance with internationally recognised standards.

We also pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.

Any equipment not suitable for our refurbishment programme or spares, is separated and then sent in bulk to our Strategic Partner, the world’s largest waste management company for further recycling and separation into glass, metal and plastics and reintroduced into the manufacturing chain as raw materials.