University of Wisconsin–Madison

Zero Waste in Action: Community Case Study #1

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) Virginia
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources
Arlington, Virginia has been long hailed as a leader in environmental initiatives and in 2015, the county became the first in Virginia to pass a Zero Waste resolution. While Arlington already recycles nearly 47% of trash, the county’s strong commitment to the environment, coupled with a looming increase in trash rates, ignited their movement toward Zero Waste. In efforts to increase recycling rates, Arlington has provided comprehensive residential recycling and waste services, required every business to provide recycling bins, and ordered building and business owners to craft and submit a detailed recycling plan to the county.

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