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Services Department director and changed the
department name to Austin Resource Recovery
to reflect its new priorities. The city adopted
its Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan
in 2011 which identified policies, programs
and infrastructure to increase recycling rates
from 38% in 2010 to 75% by 2020 and 90%
by 2030. Austin has since implemented its
Universal Recycling Ordinance which requires
all businesses and multifamily properties to
recycle and all food-generating businesses to
compost. Austin had a 42% waste diversion rate
in 2018, higher than the national average of 34%
and the statewide average of 22%.
Alameda’s road to zero waste started with
grassroots advocates who formed Alamedans
for Climate Protection in 2006. They urged
the City Council to join the UN’s Cities for
Climate Protection Campaign and develop a
Local Action Plan for Climate Protection.
The Local Action Plan was adopted in 2008
and called for a Zero Waste Implementation
Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
City staff and local advocates jointly formed
a non-government organization, Community
15 City of Austin. (2011). Austin Resource Recovery
Master Plan. http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/
16 Scoggin, B. (2018). Austin Leads Major Texas Cities in
Recycling Rate, Statewide Lags Behind National Average.
17 TexPIRG. (2018). Austin Leads Major Texas Cities in
Recycling Rate, Statewide Rate Lags Behind National
Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) to
help the city implement the plan. CASA and the
city have a unique partnership which allows the
city to expand its reach beyond its traditional
boundaries within the community. CASA can
work with other governmental organizations
(such as the school district, local utility and
countywide waste management authority)
and collaborate with other community-based
organizations. The city and CASA partnered to
develop the Zero Waste Implementation Plan
which was adopted in 2010 and updated in 2018.
The City has achieved a high diversion rate of
79% as of 2016. 
The road to zero waste is long, but there
are many friends and allies along the way.
Zero waste advocates, policymakers, and
sustainability managers can become a part of a
worldwide network to share ideas, information
18 Community Action for Sustainable Alameda.
19 City of Alameda. (2010). Zero Waste Implementation
20 Zero Waste Implementation Plan Update. (2018).
R3 Consulting Group, Inc. https://www.alamedaca.gov/