We envision a community that continually reduces its waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling all materials possible, providing opportunities and incentives to do so for members of all socio-economic groups. Our community will actively work to become a Zero Waste Community.
The City of Missoula's launch of “ZERO by FIFTY: Missoula’s Pathway to Zero Waste” was a great success! At a series of public meetings in March, community members learned about Missoula’s waste reduction goals and generated ideas that will inform Missoula’s plan to achieve those goals. Missed the meetings? It's not too late to chime in! Your ideas and feedback are critical - comment via online survey here.
Zero Waste was the topic of our February 2017 Monthly Meetup. We collaborated with Home ReSource and Zero Waste Missoula to talk about progress and how you can get involved. Missed the meetup? You can always catch up on our blog!
TOP BUCKET STRATEGIES
Build Support for Waste Reduction Across Sectors
Discover opportunities for local government, institutes, businesses, and organizations to lead Missoula toward Zero Waste
Investigate Community Waste Behaviors and Barriers to Waste Reduction
Develop an understanding of current behaviors, needs, and perceptions to support program development and steward a shift toward a culture of waste reduction in Missoula.
Foster Community Understanding of Benefits of Waste Reduction
Identify opportunities for community education particularly in support of any new waste reduction policies adopted by the City of Missoula.
Work with City Council to adopt a Zero Waste Resolution
Passed on February 8th, 2016, the resolution:
Zero Waste Missoula
Having emerged from Climate Smart Missoula, Zero Waste Missoula represents the diverse support for waste reduction that already exists in our community. It is a group of Missoula businesses, nonprofits, and individuals dedicated to working with the Missoula community to conserve and recover all landfill-bound resources and to utilize discards in ways that contribute productively to natural systems and our local and regional economies. See zwia.org for a comprehensive definition of “Zero Waste”..
Zero Waste Missoula Members:
Heath Carey, Katie Deuel, Jeremy Drake, Becca Boslough, Kirsten Gerbatsch, Jessica Dellarossa, Bradley Layton, Jenny Mish, Martin NoRunner, Graham Roy, Beth Schenk, Stephon Smith, Will Halliburton, and Tim Zalinger
Ready to get involved?
Contact the Climate Smart Missoula Leadership Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
To get involved with Zero Waste Missoula, please contact Jeremy Drake (email@example.com) for more information.
Our Work, in a Nutshell:
What We're Reading:
Local Zero Waste Resources:
See the new ZERObyFIFTY page to see what's happening with the City's efforts to develop a community-wide Zero Waste Plan!
Check out this guide for Moving Missoula Toward Zero Waste via the Sustainable Business Council.
Glass recycling can be tricky in Missoula - but i.e. Recycling is working to reuse and recycle Missoula's glass. They offer curbside pickup, too!
Looking to recycle at your home or business? Here's some more information about your options.