Zero Waste: Multiple Choice Quiz

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Zero Waste: Multiple Choice Quiz - Quiz

Can you recognize the type of waste when you see them? Here's a quiz that tests your ability to identify a landfill, recyclable or compostable materials based on how it appears in its pure form.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The key component to zero waste is ________.

    • A.

      Recycling

    • B.

      Ecological footprint

    • C.

      Biofuel

    • D.

      Industrial ecology

    Correct Answer
    A. Recycling
    Explanation
    Recycling is the key component to zero waste because it involves the process of converting waste materials into reusable materials. By recycling, we can reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills and incinerators, conserve natural resources, save energy, and reduce pollution. Recycling plays a crucial role in the concept of zero waste as it promotes the idea of reusing and repurposing materials instead of disposing of them, ultimately leading to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to waste management.

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  • 2. 

    The term zero waste was first used publicly in the name of a company, Zero Waste Systems Inc (ZWS), which was founded by PhD chemist Paul Palmer in the mid 1970s in________.

    • A.

      Hayward, California

    • B.

      Oakland, California

    • C.

      San Jose, California

    • D.

      Pleasanton, California

    Correct Answer
    B. Oakland, California
    Explanation
    PhD chemist Paul Palmer in the mid-1970s in Oakland, California.

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  • 3. 

    Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are ________.

    • A.

      Glass recycling

    • B.

      Freeganism

    • C.

      Reuse

    • D.

      Recycle

    Correct Answer
    C. Reuse
    Explanation
    Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. Reusing products means finding new ways to use them without creating waste. This can involve repairing, refurbishing, or repurposing items instead of throwing them away. By promoting reuse, zero waste aims to minimize the amount of waste generated and reduce the need for new resources to be extracted and manufactured.

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  • 4. 

    An example of a company that has demonstrated a change in landfill waste policy is ________.

    • A.

      Pleasanton Life Technologies

    • B.

      Foster City Life Technologies

    • C.

      Carsbad Life Technologies

    • D.

      Do Brazil Life Technologies

    Correct Answer
    A. Pleasanton Life Technologies
    Explanation
    Our Pleasanton, California facility recently became the first Life Technologies site to reach Zero Waste status.

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  • 5. 

    To recycle the nearly five tons of laboratory gloves and garments being thrown away each year, the site piloted a groundbreaking partnership with_________ and ___________ (Choose all that apply) when there are more than one correct answer.

    • A.

      Kimberly-Clark

    • B.

      Clean Harbor

    • C.

      TerraCycle.

    • D.

      Thermo scientific

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Kimberly-Clark
    C. TerraCycle.
    Explanation
    Life Technologies Pleasanton piloted a groundbreaking partnership with Kimberly-Clark and TerraCycle – a program other Life Technologies facilities and other companies are now looking to implement

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  • 6. 

    External audit by Synergis has validated that Pleasanton is successfully diverting more than 95% of its waste from landfills, above and beyond LIFE’s 90% diversion standard for zero waste.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Life diverting more than 95% of its waste from landfills.

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  • 7. 

    What does the three Rs of recycling stand for?

    • A.

      Reuse

    • B.

      Rethink

    • C.

      Recycle

    • D.

      Reduce

    • E.

      Replace

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Reuse
    C. Recycle
    D. Reduce
    Explanation
    Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are the key component of achieving a successful zero waste program

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  • 8. 

    Life Technologies is committed to non-compliance or below regulatory requirements and lowering operating costs by moving all of its sites towards Zero Waste.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Life is committed to staying above of regulatory requirements.

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  • 9. 

    Costs to landfill or burn waste rise each year, while rates charged for recycling continue to ____________as more options for recyclables are explored.

    Correct Answer
    drop
    Explanation
    Costs to landfill or burn waste rise each year, while rates charged for recycling continue to DROP as more options for recyclables are explored

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  • 10. 

    The most rational way to cope with proper waste management is to collect it at its source, separate and dispose them in the designated bin (Recycle, Landfill, or Compost) immediately to reflect local disposal best practice.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sorted must reflect local disposal systems.

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