Zero Waste Challenge

Sustainability Assessment for SMEs

What is the Zero Waste Challenge?

Zero Waste Challenge is a self-assessment for business owners of small and medium businesses to understand their current level of sustainability and the additional actions to take.

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See current standing of waste reduction for your business

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Get advice on waste reduction and control initiatives 

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It takes only 15 minutes!

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Why Zero Waste?

Zero Waste = Activities to reduce waste to zero. We are committed to avoiding wasteful use of materials and promoting recycling and reuse. By creating products that can be easily disposed of from the production stage, our goal is to eliminate harmful waste that would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled.

Restaurant & Cafe Zero Waste Practices

Local Food

By purchasing locally, preventing over-packaged products

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Idea

Using alternatives to avoid  “single-use” products

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Returnable

Maximizing returnable & re-use options to reduce packaging through purchasing

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Open for Action

Encouraging customers to participate into zero waste activities

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BYO

Providing “Bring Your Own” option for take away in bottles or containers

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Food Rescue

Utilizing food that is usually discarded in the supply-chain.

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Local Reuse

Utilizing unused and/or Re-using local resources to contribute to the local circular-economy

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Whole Eat

Establishing a system to make whole use of food not to produce loss.

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Apparel Shop
Zero Waste Practices

Less Box

The use of reusable materials and simpler packaging for deliveries reduces waste generation.

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System

Waste generation is reduced through the reduction of paper and equipment used in daily operations and the use of alternative materials.

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Design

It incorporates unutilized resources and repairable/recyclable materials that would become trash if they are left as it is.

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Repair

Services are in place to repair and maintain products for long-lasting use.

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Act With You

There are mechanisms for users to learn about Zero-Waste and participate in the initiative.

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Choice

The store is working to eliminate or reduce the use of disposable items from the "service items" it provides to customers.

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ZW Worker

Businesses and employees understand Zero-Waste and are taking concrete steps to reduce the amount of waste they produce.

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Select

The company actively handles products that utilize recycled materials and upcycling in its stores.

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 Traceable

It incorporates mechanisms to ensure that products are not disposable.

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Co-working Office
Zero Waste Practices

ZW Kitchen

The company is working to reduce waste in its food and beverage offerings by partnering with food and beverage businesses and producers that utilize resources from the surrounding area.

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Dialogue

There are mechanisms for users to learn about zero-waste and participate in the initiative.

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ZW Operation

There is a system to reduce waste generation by reducing the amount of paper, stationery, etc. used in office operations, using alternative materials, and monitoring the status of operational staff.

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Returnable

Eco-Packaging (containers and packaging using reusable resources or promoting the reduction of containers and packaging) at the purchasing stage.

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ZW Space

By offering Eco-Packaging options to users and office operators, the company is reducing waste generation.

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Design

Incorporating underutilized resources that could have become trash, as well as resources that can be repaired or recycled, into office design and construction.

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Zero Waste
Accreditation

Take the assessment to see if you qualify for the zero waste accreditation. 

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