Sustainable Solid Waste Study

The MARC SWMD contracted with Burns & McDonnell/CalRecovery to conduct a Sustainable Solid Waste Management Study to provide a snapshot of the region’s current waste management system, a future snapshot if no changes are made in the next 20 years, and alternative strategies which could improve the region’s waste reduction habits, ultimately leading to a zero-waste system. It established incremental steps to achieve 40, 60 and 80 percent waste diversion over time.

Based on the results of this study, the district embraced an ambitious goal of diverting 80 percent of the solid waste we generate from landfill disposal.

The district developed a primer for local governments to explain the concept of sustainable solid waste management. The district also developed a road map to achieve the interim goals outlined by the study using proven waste diversion strategies.

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