GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Page 39

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d. Including liquidated damages with
strong financial penalties allows ongoing
enforcement of performance standards
relative to the contract without having to
go through the legal hurdles of establishing
2. Use the Request for Proposal to Emphasize
Social and Environmental Goals. For a city to
remain accountable after recycling leaves the
curb, they need a well-crafted RFP process
that includes evaluation of environmental and
social impacts, such as highest and best use
of commodities collected and how workers are
a. Recycling is one of the 10 most dangerous
jobs in the U.S. and a city contract can
help make it safer. Require living wages,
sick time and predictable schedules
with specific language that will not
allow exemptions for temporary labor
where applicable (a common practice in
the recycling industry). Evaluate safety
procedures and protocols (including OSHA
reporting history) as part of the scoring
b. Evaluate how the facility operations
impact the ability for materials to get
better recycling values and environmental
outcomes, including opportunities for
environmental innovations, such as
alternative transportation options (CNG,
Electric) or renewable energy.
c. Tie in established community workforce
creation and economic development goals.
d. Look for commitments to work with local
and regional end-markets.
Best Practises
1. Create fair and transparent
pricing that incentivizes
reduction and increases
2. Use the Request for Proposal
to Emphasize Social and
Environmental Goals.
3. Structure RFP to Encourage
Local Investment.
4. Implement Revenue Share
5. Utilize Accountability and
Transparency Levers
6. Add or Drop New Items to the
Recycling Stream.
7. Require Reporting and Metrics.
8. Encourage Education and
Community Connection.


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