University of Wisconsin–Madison

Transforming the Trash in Urban America

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
By introducing new systems for managing trash, cities can move toward zero waste and capture a range of worker, community, and environmental benefits. In particular, through implementing sustainable recycling programs, local governments can utilize trash management systems to fight climate change, create family-sustaining jobs, and support strong local economies and healthy communities. This report outlines the elements that create a sustainable recycling program and describes case studies in which its implementation has been beneficial.

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