Zero Waste (ZW) is a re-envisioning of how society relates to production, consumption and disposal of the products and materials we use every day. Often defined as 90% or more diversion, its goal is to end toxic and unnecessary waste materials through systemic redesign, channeling remaining discards into reuse or recycling for the creation of new products. It requires coordination between engaged producers and consumers, governments and citizens, neighborhood activists and neighbors. As we are starting to see in community after community, ZW initiatives are working and producing significant benefits
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BOSTON – Boston has officially announced its intentions to become the next major “zero waste” city in the country by issuing a new request for proposals to kick off a multi-month planning process.
The city released the details of this $150,000 RFP at a City Hall meeting on Friday. Once selected this summer, the winning consultant will work with a proposed Zero Waste Advisory Committee to figure out next steps. Over an estimated nine month process they will assess the city’s current system, perform a cost-benefit analysis of various policies, engage with residents and stakeholders, and release a report with recommendations on how to move forward.