Zero Waste Fact Sheet · Recycling Guidelines · Curbside Composting Guidelines
Zero waste is a concept and goal that is getting attention and gaining traction around the world. Waste contributes to environmental destruction, social inequality, and climate change. The effort towards zero waste is one of the most important issues of our time.
The zero waste movement seeks to minimize the common, yet needless, practice of waste disposal in our dumps, landfills, and incinerators by changing the practices and policies of government, producers and individual households.
Government at all levels should initiate policies and regulations to curb wasteful habits and create the right incentives for waste reduction.
Producers should be required to minimize the environmental impact of their products at each stage of a product's lifecycle, including design, manufacturing, packaging, distribution and "end-of-life". This is referred to as "Extended Producer Responsibility."
Individuals are encouraged to reevaluate their consumption habits, and integrate composting, recycling and especially reuse practices within their households.
Fairfax Zero Waste by 2020!
The Town of Fairfax passed a resolution to acheive 94% diversion from landfill by 2020. The Town of Fairfax and Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) have contracted with Sustainable Fairfax to help implement the services outlined in a new Resource Recovery Agreeement that focuses on acheiving the zero waste goal.
Sustainable Fairfax is creating an outreach and educational zero waste campaign. We have assembled a zero waste committee comprised of Sustainable Fairfax board members and volunteers to oversee the planning and staffing of this campaign [visit our Volunteer Page for information about joining our committee]. We have begun to research and gather information on the most recent technologies being used nationally and internationally for waste reduction and recycling processes. As a result, we have in place a series of events, workshops, and plans that will engage our community in the conversation and goal of zero waste.
Click here to see a short video with a perspective from Sierra Salin, one of our zero waste committee members.