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Zero Waste

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What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a growing concept, spreading fast across the globe. 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.

History and Stats

YVSC’s Zero Waste program is working to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by changing the way we purchase and discard our food and everyday products. The primary outcome of the program is to help residents and visitors learn to think critically about their consumption and waste and change their behavior to reduce waste.

Zero Waste Timeline

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Year to Date Totals
Diversion Rate 97.49% 99.79% 95.36% 64.50% 86.15% 93.70% 89.50%
Recycling (gal.) 17,496 22,608 7,359 2,085 8,548 10,338 68,434
Compost (gal.) 13,706 4,580 6,786.40 2,480.00 5,964.50 5,719 39,236
Total Waste Diverted (gal.) 31,202 27,188 14,145.76 4,565.00 14,513 16,057 107,671
Trash (gal.) 802.1 156 688 2511 1,307.00 1,087 6551.1
Number of Events 33 32 36 36 28 45 210
People Reached 55,315 56,150 44,800 58,030 59,250 52,840 326,385


Food businesses that donate surplus food, consider become Food Recovery Network Certified!
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