GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Page 25

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The Marin Carbon Project[6] has demonstrated
the potential of carbon sequestration through
application of compost to rangelands. As a
result, the California Health Soils Program
has set aside $20 million to fund farmers for
carbon sequestration.
Estimating Market Value - Applying the Zero
Waste USA Market Commodity Estimate Tool
for the State of California 2014 disposal data
results in over $2 billion in lost revenue from
the landfilling and incineration of discarded
materials. Over $1 billion is from reusable
goods. Municipal staff or local advocates
can use this tool to estimate the value of the
discarded materials that are being landfilled
or incinerated in their communities by
researching current market prices in their area
or using national averages and multiplying
the value of the materials by the tons going to
landfills or incinerators.
by engaging with the community through
a year-long process, involving over 250
workshops and key constituent meetings.
This culminated in a citywide conference
where community members, elected
officials and city staff met to endorse the
guiding principles.

A consortium of environmental and labor
groups known as Zero Waste Boston,
formed in 2014 to guarantee workers a living
wage and safe working conditions, created
incentives and programs to promote locallyowned businesses and jobs; and improve
public health and climate impacts through a
zero waste planning process that prioritizes
meaningful community input. The coalition
and the City of Boston received a grant
from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection
to hold a Zero Waste Summit and, based on
those discussions, develop a set of guiding
principles[8] that would assist the city in
reaching a long-term goal of zero waste. The
city then launched a zero waste planning
process based on these guiding principles.

United Workers, along with a number
of local partners, initiated a zero waste
planning process for the Baltimore
community and engaged stakeholders
throughout the city to develop its Fair
Development Principles for the city’s Fair
Development Plan for Zero Waste.[9] The
principles outlined:
A key component of creating a zero waste plan
includes the development of guiding principles
through a stakeholder engagement process.
Guiding principles reflect the community
values, provide the context for zero waste, and
create the opportunity for engagement and
consensus-building around a zero waste goal.
Examples of guiding principles:

The city of Los Angeles developed its
guiding principles[7] for its zero waste plan
6 Marin Carbon Project. (2018) https://www.
7 Los Angeles Sanitation. Solid Waste Integrated
Resources Plan.
8 Zero Waste Boston. (2019). Recommendations of
Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee. https://www.
9 The Fair Development Roundtable, Institute for
Local Self-Reliance, Zero Waste Associates, (2020).
Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste.


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