GIPL’s Zero-Waste program is designed to help communities of faith take a holistic approach to reducing waste through engaging the four “R’s” of waste management: Rethink, Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. All communities of faith generate waste from their worship or prayer services, classes, food preparation, office administration and other activities. This Zero-Waste program provides tools, educational resources, and strategies to help individuals and congregations rethink their waste practices. Through this program, congregations will undertake a waste audit to identify waste streams, understand what and how much is being disposed of on site, and consider steps toward waste reduction.
The amount of waste that we generate globally has detrimental effects on the environment and on our neighbors and communities. Drawdown GA has identified Recycling & Waste Management, Composting, and Reduced Food Waste as three of the 20 high impact solutions for reducing carbon emissions in GA. Diverting waste from landfills reduces greenhouse gas emissions and prevents products from polluting our oceans and waterways. Rethinking current waste habits and practices and considering strategies for reducing, reusing, and recycling materials on-site is an impactful and easy way for communities of faith to implement climate solutions. This program includes practical tips for recycling and composting, a sample sustainability policy to help congregations consider guidelines and procedures for diverting and reducing waste and information about how to go “zero-waste.”