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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report evaluates LA County's waste and recycling systems highlight how localities can keep costs down while maintaining quality and equitable service. The report finds exclusive franchise systems provide the county to the best deal....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
In 2018, China implemented the "National Sword" waste policy, banning imports of certain recyclable commodities and setting limits on how much contamination can be present in recyclable materials. This report outlines the impact of National Sword on U.S. cities and provides recommendations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source Eco-Cycle Solutions Hub
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
In 2006, Boulder’s City Council passed a Zero Waste ordinance and committed to a waste diversion rate of 85% by 2025. Upon adopting curbside recycling and composting programs, in 2014, the city of Boulder saw a significant increase in the amount of waste diverted from landfills. Despite...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) Virginia
Source Eco-Cycle Solutions Hub
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
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...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
COVID-19 has forced employees and also forced organizations to rethink business processes that require access to the office or involve large amounts of paper. Governments have an opportunity to eliminate or rethink paper-based business processes to operate effectively under current...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
This report evaluates the positive impacts of implementing a bold national recycling and composting strategy across federal, state, and local governments. Its recommendations of energy, resource, and waste management would allow for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
There is no good business case for trash incineration. Burning trash is the most expensive form of electricity generation, creates pollution that raises health costs to the public, destroys valuable resources, and produces the fewer jobs than comparable capital projects. The trash...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
In this report, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) outline a new model for recycling job growth with the potential to encourage quality jobs and to improve the environment. LAANE is advocating for a transformation of the waste and recycling...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
Ohio's electric power is highly inefficient, and in 2009 lost over $17.6 billion in energy market value. To improve efficiency, lower utility bills, and decrease emissions, energy producers should implement combined heat and power (CHP) technologies, which generate power from wasted...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Montana
Source Eco-Cycle Solutions Hub
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
On its Zero Waste journey, Missoula, Montana lags far behind on recycling, recovering only 20% of its total waste. Since 2014, the grassroots citizens group called Zero Waste Missoula has been working to improve Missoula’s low recycling rate and turn the city’s attention to waste...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Cities can create a more resilient water system by transitioning to an integrated water management framework (IWM). By creating an IWM and developing a set of principles and the approaches that recognizes water as a resource, cities can manage all water as an asset, whatever form...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Managing a city’s waste and recycling sector is a core governmental responsibility and, when done well, helps cities realize benefits and meet constituents’ expectations. Residents expect government to prevent pollution and protect neighborhoods, create good quality jobs, and operate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Crumbling water infrastructure leads to nearly six billion gallons of expensive, treated water lost every day in America. Leaky, aging pipes and outdated systems are wasting an estimated 14 to 18 percent of our nation’s daily water use. Water loss from failing infrastructure, faulty...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Energy
Resolving our society’s trash problem is one of the major environmental challenges of our time. In Los Angeles County, this crisis has reached urgent proportions. As one of the largest waste markets in the country, Los Angeles County generates 23 million tons of waste and recyclable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report identifies the root causes of Baltimore’s failed and inequitable waste system, and how its impacts intersect with racial and economic justice. The Baltimore Sustainability Plan will enable the city to move towards a new system of fair development aligned with human rights...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) California
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
To increase California’s recycling rate from about 50 percent in 2012 to 75 percent by 2020, CalRecycle estimates that about 23 million tons of material that is currently being disposed must be recycled or composted. This report examines the job creation potential of recycling, and...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Eco-Cycle Solutions Hub
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Zero Waste redesigns our systems and resource use—from product design to disposal—to prevent resource depletion, conserve energy, mitigate climate change, reduce water usage, prevent pollution, and stop ecosystem destruction. This roadmaps provides a guide for individuals to strive...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City Of Austin
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Finance & Procurement
Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, a comprehensive plan designed to achieve Zero Waste in the City of Austin while enhancing the services we provide to this community....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2002
Level State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
In December 2000, Massachusetts’ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the Beyond 2000 Solid Waste Master Plan — A Policy Framework, its plan and vision for managing solid waste over the coming decade. This report outlines necessary steps DEP needs to take in order to...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source Boulder City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance outlines the requirements for city compost collection. It provides guidelines for vendors concerning acceptable compost and recyclables hauling practices. It creates special zones within municipal limits for the disposal of compostable matter as well as an equitable...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Gaithersburg City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Energy
This ordinance requires new residential building construction projects and building addition projects to meet energy performance standards related to cooling equipment, heating equipment, duct work, windows, water heaters, and lighting. It also requires homeowners to be given an...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This ordinance prohibits stores from providing single use plastic carryout bags to customers. The ordinance specifies that stores can only offer recyclable paper carryout bags for a 10 cent charge to the customer. Furthermore, stores must report monthly the number of recyclable bags...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Diego City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires all San Diego residents, residential facilities, and commercial facilities that receive curbside recycling collection or solid waste collection services from the City to participate in the City's curbside recycling program. They are required to separate recyclable...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 1988
Level City or Town
State(s) Maine
Source Town Of Jay City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Health
The Jay Environmental Control and Improvement Ordinance is a comprehensive regulatory plan to protect and enhance the public health and environment of the Town of Jay and to prevent threats to health and the environment posed by the discharge of pollutants to air, water and land....

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