NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) — More companies, national parks and even restaurants are embracing the idea of zero waste when it comes to reducing garbage, a U.S. trash expert says.
The zero waste movement means shunning polystyrene foam containers, or other packaging that is not biodegradable, and recycling or composting what you can, said Jon Johnston, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency manager who is helping to lead the zero-waste movement.
Companies are embracing the concept more quickly than private citizens because of the cost of disposing of waste, Johnston said.
“Reaching down to my household and yours is the greatest challenge,” he told The New York Times.
Honda has become so good at recycling that eight of its North American plants no longer use trash Dumpsters. At Yellowstone National Park, the soda cups and utensils are made of plant-based plastics that dissolve when heated for more than a few minutes.
“Technology exists, but a lot of education still needs to be done,” Johnston said.
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