Zero waste is a fresh approach to waste management and the use of resources. It goes beyond the “end-of-the-line” treatment of waste and promotes not only the three “R’s” (reduce, reuse, recycle), but also focuses on a “whole system” approach to the use of resources including composting and conservation (rot, restore).
Zero Waste seeks to eliminate negative impacts of designing, producing, using, and discarding of products and packaging:
Development of a Zero Waste Plan is a multi-year effort and is undertaken in preparation for new collection, processing, and landfill service agreements. The City’s current collection, processing and disposal agreements expire at the end of 2021. Before a plan can be developed, a study of the community's waste is undertaken to identify opportunities to divert waste from the landfill by new or enhanced waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting programs. Such programs conserve landfill space and natural resources while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
State Legislation Needed
Where the City does not have direct control, State legislation is needed. For example, changes are required in private-sector practices related to product design, purchasing, use, and “end-of-life” management, whether voluntary or in response to State or national regulatory mandates. These changes are already beginning to happen (for example, recent California legislation requiring manufacturer responsibility for paint, mattress, and carpet recycling and disposal). Therefore, the policy calls for City support of legislation and other actions that can result in this “producer responsibility." See this link to Council Policy K22 Zero Waste.
At the Zero Waste Workshop on March 4, 2019, the City provided information about our current achievement of 78 percent diversion of waste from the landfill, and presented the results of the latest Waste Characterization Study. The City asked participants to identify the policies, programs and infrastructure needed to achieve the City's goal of 90 percent waste reduction and recycling by 2030.
These items will be summarized in a Draft Zero Waste Action Plan 2019 for City Council review at a public hearing on June 11, 2019. When the plan is available, you may send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or provide at the City Council meeting on June 11, 2019.
If you would like to be notified of opportunities to provide feedback, please visit MountainView.gov/mymv and subscribe to Zero Waste and Service Agreements notifications.