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.
NEW! Home ReSource, Zero Waste Missoula, and partners have collaborated to publish the incredible ZERO by FIFTY Missoula website: our community's one-stop shop for all things zero waste! Check it out for info on the ZERO by FIFTY plan, service providers, events, and a tool to answer all your "how do I recycle this?" questions.
Where we're heading:
- On August 6th, 2018, the Missoula City Council Adopted ZERO by FIFTY unanimously! Check it out: ZERO by FIFTY: Missoula's Pathway to Zero Waste
- The City is already collaborating with partners, advising and supporting residents and businesses with their own Zero Waste initiatives, and gathering resources for widespread plan implementation. We hope this plan will be a framework to inspire ideas, innovation and action as Missoula pivots toward becoming a Zero Waste community.
News and Resources:
Our 2019 March monthly meetup on Zero Waste was jammed packed. Read about the discussion on our blog
Read up on Home ReSource's Zero Waste Ambassadors Program--it's inspiring to see fifth-graders so engaged in zero waste!
What's up with glass recycling in Missoula? Read our piece in the Sustainable Missoula column to find out.
The Missoula Wastewater Treatment Plant is using a methane-powered generator to produce 25% of its electricity each month from our city's waste. Check it out!
In August 2018, the Zero by Fifty plan was adopted unanimously by City Council! Read the whole plan.
The kids at Franklin School are right on: "Franklin students aim for 'zero waste'"
In 2016, Home ReSource convened the "Fate of the Plate" where over 40 stakeholders discussed reducing wasted food and keeping food out of the landfill. Check out their report!
In February 2016, Missoula City Council passed a Zero Waste Resolution that calls for community waste reduction goals and a Zero Waste Plan. Read about it in the Missoulian!
Missoula is a model for progress! Check out Eco-cycle Solutions Zero Waste In Action Case Study #2
Reminder that we can't recycle our way to zero waste: China doesn't want our plastic.
Oakland, CA schools are taking on food waste in their cafeterias!
The City of Austin is taking bold new steps to go Zero Waste by 2020!
Brussels wants to ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.
Reducing "post-harvest losses" is key to meeting future food needs: great summary of the problem of wasted food from Quartz.
These 10 cities are getting rid of garbage.
Why Americans Lead the World in Food Waste
Check out these neat guides on avoiding food waste from the Center for Biological Diversity.