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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 ensuring efficient materials use and reduction of the amount of space and money devoted to landfills. The Materials and Recycling Working Group comprises of multiple communities and organizations working on waste reduction and recycling efforts.

Structure: The Working Group is led by individuals from Earthways and the St. Louis community. A sub-committee focused on food waste diversion is led by individuals from Earthways and earthday365.

Activities: The Working Group focuses on education, waste reduction infrastructure improvements, and policy advocacy.

Specific actions the group started in 2017 and will continue:

  • Maintain a list of stakeholders.
  • Maintain a regional searchable database for information on hard-to-recycle items.
  • Continued development and implementation of a regional Recycle Responsibly public outreach and education campaign.
  • Coordination efforts amongst Working Group partners to apply for collaborative grants from St. Louis - Jefferson Solid Waste Management District.
  • Promoting recycling at events to raise awareness such as, Plastic Bag Awareness Day, Truth About Bags - America Recycles Day, Climate Solution Day, and community workshops.
  • Started a sub-committee focused on food waste diversion.

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Content updates to this page made possible by funding provided by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.