GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Page 19



Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) 19

Planning charrettes to identify zero waste
policy and program options, and evaluate
those options in a transparent communitybased approach.

Regular stakeholder engagement meetings
with each of the affected stakeholder
groups, e.g. residents, businesses,
regulators, and service providers - such as
reuse organizations, recycling/compost
operators, waste haulers.
Municipal staff, program managers and
community organizations can sponsor these
workshops to get feedback about what is
working well, what needs improvement, and how
to move forward.
STEP 3: EVALUATE CURRENT POLICIES,
PROGRAMS, AND FACILITIES
Communities take different approaches to
regulating waste services. For example, in
Austin, the city provides collection services
for single-family residential customers, but
most programs for multifamily and commercial
customers are provided by private sector
service providers in an open market system
where customers can choose from a variety of
collection service providers. In comparison,
most California cities (including Los Angeles,
San Francisco and San Jose) regulate
multifamily and commercial collection through
permits, franchises or contracts.
In evaluating the current system, there may
be limitations to available data, including tons
of trash, recycling and compost collected;
the composition of the collected materials;
and the diversion rates achieved through the
collection system.
Evaluating existing waste management
programs and achievements provides a baseline
for progress. This should include researching
the current collection, processing and disposal
system of a city or community.
The ultimate goal is
to identify the tons of
materials that are - and
can be - reduced, reused,
recycled, composted,
landfilled, or combusted
in a community.
©United Workers
Community meeting on zero waste held by
youth leaders from the group Free Your Voice
in Baltimore.

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