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Certificate in Sustainable Resource Management

Zero Waste Businesses (SRM06)

Zero waste businesses are leading the way as they discover ways to increase profits, decrease costs and divert over 90% of their waste.

By the end of this lesson, the participant will be able to:
• Understand what a Zero Waste Business is and the benefits to businesses
• Describe the key goals and objectives of a business Zero Waste plan
• Understand how leadership, employee training, and vendor relations are an important piece of the Zero Waste plan
• Describe the difference between a waste audit and a Zero Waste audit in identifying opportunities for efficiency and increasing savings/revenues
• Share how contracts with service providers can be adjusted to mutually benefit both parties from Zero Waste initiatives
• State the benefit of third-party certification
• Highlight case studies of businesses successfully implementing Zero Waste practices that provide cost reduction and waste reduction opportunities

Instructor: Sue Beets-Atkinson
  • About this Course...
  • Supplemental Resources
  • What is a Zero Waste Business?
  • The Circular Economy
  • Zero Waste Business Planning
  • Zero Waste Partners and Resources
  • Understanding Discard Streams
  • Tracking and Analyzing Discard Streams
  • Training and Program Implementation
  • Assignment: Zero Waste Business
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed