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Materials and Recycling

Target: Reduce the tonnage of waste going to landfills within our wasteshed by 30 percent by 2030 from a 2015 baseline.

Background: Waste reduction and diversion are sustainable practices that ensure efficient materials use and reduction of the amount of space and money devoted to landfills. The Materials and Recycling Working Group comprises multiple communities and organizations that work on waste reduction and recycling efforts.

Structure: The core of the Working Group is a representative group of approximately 12 people from several public and private entities. The Working Group will recruit an “advisory group”—to be called Waste Diversion Ambassadors—broken down into sectors that will be responsible for reaching out and communicating with the larger population of organizations that make up their sector.

Activities: Priority activities identified by the Working Group will focus on education, waste reduction infrastructure improvements, and policy advocacy.

Specific actions the group started in 2017 and will continue in 2018 include:

  • Creating a regional database and contact list of stakeholders through the Waste Diversion Ambassadors.
  • Creating a central, regional database and website for information on recycling and hard-to-recycle items.
  • Conduct a regional public outreach and education campaign on recycling.