Zero Waste Europe oferă un set de principii directoare pe care ar trebui să le implementeze afacerile în desfășurarea activității lor pentru a fi conforme cu modelul de business zero waste:
„Raw materials should be obtained, whenever possible, from recycled materials and not from new extraction. Any new extraction should be only justifiable when it comes from a regenerating source. A Zero Waste business will be diverting 90% from landfill and incineration.
The linear system of production needs to be changed into a circular system in which the recycling potential can be maximised.
Production processes should be redesigned to avoid waste generation inside and outside the plant.
Energy consumption and waste generation from the product/machine should be included in the optimisation calculations.Applying eco-design and integrating product policy approach
Changing the focus from labour productivity to resources productivity.”