GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Flipbook - Page 17
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CREATING A PLAN FOR CITIES
Make a zero waste commitment: this formalizes the
zero waste planning process.
2. Ensure community participation: meaningful public
participation throughout the zero waste planning
process is key to successful implementation.
3. Evaluate current policies, programs, and facilities: in
understanding how the current waste system operates,
including what materials are contained in a city’s waste
stream, allows planners and policymakers to identify a
baseline for progress.
4. Conduct service opportunities analysis: assessing
all the ways materials can be reused, recycled, or
composted can help cities understand where they may
develop new policies, programs, and businesses, or
improve existing ones.
5. Develop a menu of zero waste strategy options: cities
can select from the menu options (see Chapter 3) and
adapt them to the needs of their city.
6. Conduct an economic analysis: once zero waste
strategies are selected for implementation, it is
important to calculate potential costs and costsavings to justify new investments.
Create guiding principles: this creates an opportunity
for community engagement and provides context to a
zero waste goal by grounding it in community values.
8. Set goals and metrics: cities must include a
measurable and time-bound goal against which to
9. Leverage local processes to bring zero waste into
policy: climate action plans, general plans, the
budgetary process, and waste contracts are some of
the ways cities can express turn zero waste into policy.