What does Zero Waste mean?
The Zero Waste Alliance© has established the definition of Zero Waste, as a reduction of 90% or more of the waste stream diverted away from landfills or incinerators from a benchmark year. In Harvard’s benchmark year of 2006 — which aligns with our broader Green House Gas Reduction Initiative — the university disposed of 9,100 tons of waste. In 2012, we disposed of about 6,000 tons of waste. Below you will find some helpful resources.