While the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans would argue that the best part of Super Bowl LVII was taking home the win, the City of Phoenix might disagree. This year’s Super Bowl became the greenest in history by diverting 92.6 percent of trash associated with the event away from landfills. Planning, public education, and the hard work of staff and volunteers ensured that recyclable plastics and food waste were properly sorted so that the city could achieve this historic goal. Let’s take a closer look at what we can learn from their impressive achievement.
What is zero waste?
Zero waste is a lifestyle and philosophy that seeks to minimize waste generation by rethinking our consumption patterns and waste management practices. The zero waste movement advocates for reducing, reusing, and recycling as much as possible to eliminate or minimize the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or oceans.
Why is zero waste so important?
The importance of zero waste cannot be overstated. There are many reasons to strive for a zero waste lifestyle including:
- Waste generation has reached alarming levels globally, and this poses a significant threat to the environment and human health.
- Waste in landfills can release greenhouse gasses, pollute water sources, and contaminate the soil. Additionally, waste incineration can also contribute to air pollution, leading to respiratory issues and other health problems.
- It helps to conserve resources. By reusing and recycling materials, we also reduce the need for new resources, which can be both costly and environmentally damaging.
- A zero waste lifestyle can save money. By reducing reliance on single-use products and opting for reusable alternatives, you can save on the cost of buying disposable products and reduce your waste disposal costs.
How did Phoenix do it?
Ultimately, Phoenix had a multi-tiered approach to help them achieve a zero waste Super Bowl. First, they took time to educate the public on how to separate trash from recyclables. Zero Waste Ambassadors taught visitors how to separate their items into clearly marked containers. Second, staff and volunteers helped sort through collected trash to make sure recylcable materials weren’t headed to the landfill. Finally, they used new machines that separate food packaging from food waste to keep organic material out of the landfill as well. This material instead will be turned into compost that can be used in parks and other areas around the city.
How can Securr help you achieve zero waste?
Would you like to achieve zero waste at your facility? Securr can help! We offer a robust line of trash cans and recycle bins to suit virtually every application. Our cans can be customized to your needs and clearly marked to indicate what type of material can be tossed inside. In addition, we’ve partnered with Recycle Across America to now offer society-wide standardized labels for recycling that completely take the guesswork out of recycling.
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If you’d like to learn more about how Securr can help you achieve your zero-waste goals, then contact us at 888-671-7066 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our customer service representatives can answer all your questions so that you can choose a solution with confidence. Contact us today!