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.
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:
October 2018: 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!
August 2018: The Zero by Fifty plan was adopted unanimously by City Council! Read the whole plan.
March 2018: Our monthly meetup on Zero Waste was jammed packed. Read about the discussion on our blog
February 2018: Zero waste efforts highlighted in the Sustainable Missoula series! Great work Big Sky Documentary Film Fest and Home ReSource.
The kids at Franklin School are right on: "Franklin students aim for 'zero waste'"
January 2018: It's a new year ! Check out this New Years Zero Waste Resolution Guide detailing tips and tricks to reduce waste for 31 days.
December 2017: Check out these neat new guides on avoiding food waste from the Center for Biological Diversity.
April 2017: IWFF recruited volunteers to help make this year's film festival a zero waste event!
March 2017: The City of Missoula hosted public meetings to gather input for Missoula's Zero Waste Plan. Check out a Missoula Current article for some context on the whole Zero Waste Plan process.
August 2016: Climate Smart again led the effort to "green" the River City Roots festival - thanks to great volunteers who helped separate waste and recycling and keep the streets clean!
June 2016: Missoula Current article about Home ReSource, zero waste, and building materials reuse!
Summer 2016: ZWAP! Zero Waste Ambassadors Program - Home ReSource wrapped up the first semester of its fifth grade zero waste education program. Check out this infographic for more info and fun stats!
March 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!
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!
Local Zero Waste Resources