National Geographic has compiled a photo gallery of 25 places across the globe that have committed to going zero waste. These communities, including New York City and San Diego, are going waste free and have already taken steps in the process.
National Geographic cited a 2018 World Bank brief that reports cities across the globe have generated more than 2 billion tons of solid waste in 2016.
This year, the publication launched a “Planet or Plastic?” campaign that aims to reduce global reliance on single-use plastics. To do its part in the world, National Geographic has decided not to use plastic wrappers on its magazines anymore.
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We are, quite literally, trashing the planet. According to a 2018 World Bank brief, cities around the globe generated over two billion tons of solid waste in 2016 alone. Rapid population growth will continue to increase this statistic, creating serious environmental and health consequences, unless we take action.
Individuals, businesses, and communities are declaring zero-waste commitments, providing education, and implementing policies in order to reach waste reduction and diversion goals. While individual strategies vary, the zero-waste approach is proving that in the case of waste, less is indeed more—more healthy, safe, and sustainable—for people and planet.
Here are 25 communities currently working toward zero-waste.