For the purposes of this goal, waste means all materials generated as by-products of production and other operational activities which the company manages to contain, and which require treatment, repurposing, or disposal.
This includes both hazardous and non-hazardous manufacturing materials, as well as non-production waste such as office paper, food, and retired equipment.
Organic waste may be composted and returned to the soil, but any materials that can be reused must be reclaimed.
To be Future-Fit, a company must do two things:
- It must eliminate all avoidable waste generation; and
- It must reuse, recycle or otherwise repurpose any remaining waste.