ZERO by FIFTY: Missoula's Pathway to Zero Waste
Reducing waste is not a new idea for our community. Over the years, various efforts helped catalyze Missoula's formal commitment to moving toward zero waste, via the ZERO by FIFTY policy process and final plan. The ZERO by FIFTY resolution was adopted by City Council in 2016, and after community input and lots of hard work, the ZERO by FIFTY final plan was adopted unanimously in August 2018!
The ZERO by FIFTY resolution adopted by (90 Percent Waste Reduction by 2050) established four pathways to achieve zero waste .
1. Access: This pathway promotes universal recycling and compost collection services for households and businesses, Zero Waste stations in public spaces, schools and government facilities with emphasis on events and the creation of incentives for construction, demolition and deconstruction recycling
2. Infrastructure : This pathway promotes co-located drop-off site for conventional recyclables, organics, e-waste, textiles, hazardous waste and hard-to-recycle materials, an enhancement of Garden City Compost operations to allow for broader acceptance of materials and a more complete food recovery network.
3. Education: This pathways aims at developing a community focused education campaign and the development of business-focused outreach program and resources.
4. Policy : This pathway promotes the adoption of Zero Waste goal oriented policies and the creation of incentives and the exploration of restrictions.
A report by Eco Solutions was recently published detailing our community's bold effort to achieve zero waste. This report highlights Missoula's commitment to achieve zero waste with a policy called ZERO by FIFTY.
Some Important Takeaways:
Interested in learning more about the ZERO by FIFTY process ? Check out the full report here