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CRN UK is the national voice for community based sustainable resource management and reduction. CRN UK has 131 full members (Community-based, not-for-profit & co-op groups involved in reduce, re-use and recycling projects) and 61 Associate members (organisations/ companies providing tangible benefits to Full CRN UK Members). Our members are involved in not-for-profit, community-based waste minimisation, re-use and recycling schemes to promote sustainable waste management as a practical and effective way of tackling the UK's growing waste problem.
The CRN team are based nationwide, ensuring that our members get the representation and voice they need, no matter where they are. We work on your behalf to lobbying effectively at a local and national level, keeping your concerns on the political agenda.
• Promote community based, sustainable waste management as a practical and effective way of tackling the UK's growing waste problem.
• Provide a range of services to its Full and Associate Members, as well as consultancy to the public sector, to businesses and wider social enterprise organisations.
• Provide a sounding board for government and its agencies in setting resources management policy.
CRN UK are supporters of the Zero Waste Alliance
The only peer-reviewed internationally accepted definition of Zero Waste is that adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance:
"Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant
Zero Waste involves moving from the back end of waste disposal to the front end of resource management. "If a product can't be reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned, or removed from production."
for more information on the Zero Waste Alliance and their work, please visit their website