About the Author
Mark Richardson is a multimedia journalist, editor and writer who has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for three decades. He is a nationally recognized editor and reporter who has covered government, politics and the environment. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he was recently awarded a Foundation for Investigative Journalism grant and has three Associated Press Managing Editors awards for excellence in reporting.
Most Popular Stories
Discover News By District
Zero Waste Strategic Plan to be revealed tonight
A Zero Waste policy is one of the cornerstones of the “Green New World” that many see as
The plan contains a series of goals for the city to meet in order to reach – or as the slogan says, “get darn close” to — Zero Waste by 2040. California-based consultant Gary Liss and Associates developed the plan following a series of public and private meetings between January and May of this year.
The drive for a Zero Waste program came out of a subcommittee of the SWAC in 2006 that was looking at ways to improve the way the city handled recycled materials. After that, the Council approved a resolution from the SWAC to hire a consultant to work with the city to develop such a program.
The plan defines Zero Waste as a design principle that goes beyond recycling to focus first on reducing wastes and reusing products and then recycling and composting the rest. A key to the program, the plan says, is to recognize that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and everything is a resource for something or someone else.”
Right now, the plan says it is estimated that
The consultants considered
Essential components of
- Expanding and improving local and regional reuse, recycling, and composting programs;
- Adopting new rules and incentives to reward those who embrace the goal of Zero Waste;
- Developing green districts and resource recovery parks for Zero Waste infrastructure;
- Advocating for producer and retailer responsibility for product and packaging wastes, and bans on problem materials;
- Educate and advocate for a Zero Waste agenda as part of climate change and sustainability policies and programs; and
- Involve the community through collaboration and partnerships to achieve Zero Waste.
The plan encourages a regional component, noting that
The plan concludes that while
City staff will talk about the plan at the SWAC meeting tonight at 6:30pm in Room 500 at
Join Your Friends and Neighbors
We're a nonprofit news organization, and we put our service to you above all else. That will never change. But public-service journalism requires community support from readers like you. Will you join your friends and neighbors to support our work and mission?