GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Flipbook - Page 47
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SUPPORT ZERO WASTE BUSINESSES
Businesses are essential partners to municipalities and communities
in reducing waste and implementing zero waste plans. Zero waste
businesses include businesses with zero waste practices and those
that provide zero waste goods and services, such as secondhand
clothing stores, cloth diaper services, bulk stores, and mobile
dishwashing unit rentals. It may be useful for communities to
conduct a service opportunities gap analysis (see Chapter 2) to
understand the landscape of existing businesses and where new
opportunities may lie.
To support local zero waste businesses and simultaneously further
economic justice, municipalities can employ the following strategies:
Provide education and technical assistance for compliance with
existing policies and incentives to go “above and beyond” existing
Offer grants to cover transitional costs for small businesses
which may operate on thin profit margins or face significant cash
Create recognition programs, zero waste business directories,
and zero waste/green purchasing guides.
Grow end markets for recycled materials by incentivizing
businesses to use recycled content in their manufacturing
processes, or buy products containing recycled content. (See
below for a case study on “Growing markets for recycled material
in Salt Lake City and the Twin Cities”.)
Provide free or low-cost physical spaces, particularly during
incubation and initial operations, and financial assistance for
other significant capital costs.
Translate materials and provide interpretation services.
Incentivize businesses providing zero waste services to locate
in underserved communities, with consultation from community
members on what kinds of businesses are needed, where they
should be sited, and what price points are locally affordable.
Prioritize outreach, assistance, and incentives to businesses
owned by or located in marginalized communities.