"Zero Waste" Extreme Recycling is Becoming the Norm
"Zero waste" is recycling to the max. Nothing gets wasted, only recycled and composted. Growing out of the environmental movement that has gone mainstream in the last few years is the newest and most extreme type of waste treatment. As a resident "Zero wast" requires that people separate their could-be waste into as many groups as possible because waste is most efficiently treated separated from other materials. The logic is that if instead of tossing them both in the garbage you separate your ripped up old clothing from your plastic wrapper so they can both be treated and recycled separated more effectively. There are recycling plants that will melt all garbage down and use materials' densities to separate them but it is not as effective as you separating your own garbage.
Next is the issue of where to put what you no longer want once you have separated it. Community organized municipally funded recycling areas have begun to emerge all over. They are like a garbage dump but would look like a bunch of smaller garbage dumps in one. There are a bunch of different dumps because each garbage pit has its own category.
There are also privately organized waste removal and recycling companies for businesses that are looking to enhance this movement. Because companies want to improve their corporate image they are willing to take the time to separate their could-be waste or pay a bit more to recycle rather than waste. If the consumers care enough the businesses will follow suit.
At Ecco, a popular restaurant in Atlanta, waiters no longer scrape food scraps into the trash bin. Uneaten morsels are dumped into five-gallon pails and taken to a compost heap out back.
And at eight of its North American plants, Honda is recycling so diligently that the factories have gotten rid of their trash Dumpsters altogether.