Zero Waste

Three grey trash cans labeled with Compost, Recycle, and Landfill in English and Spanish on a concrete walkway in a park in Austin, Texas.

Austin Reveals New Zero Waste Plan

The city aims to eliminate the majority of landfill waste by 2040.

November 8, 2023 - The Austin Chronicle

Pair of hands holding compost above pile of soil and food scraps.

EPA Awards $4 Million for Baltimore Composting Facility

The city wants to build the nation’s largest composting facility as part of its ‘zero waste’ efforts.

September 24, 2023 - Baltimore Sun

Compost Pile

Community Composting Network Launching in Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia is seeking 25 locations around the city for composting facilities that will help the city achieve its goals of zero waste and litter.

June 20, 2019 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Waste Stream

Striving for a Zero-Waste Future

A number of U.S. cities have set ambitious zero-waste goals, but reaching targets has been challenging. Turning waste into a viable commodity is one strategy to get materials out of the waste stream.

April 23, 2019 - Next City

Trash Can

Nudging People to Keep Cities Clean

Philadelphia looked at how interventions can change recycling and littering behavior.

January 8, 2019 - Apolitical

San Francisco Ferry Building

San Francisco Wants Its Ambitious Zero-Waste Initiative to Go Global

In an effort to address climate change, San Francisco has a plan to get residents and businesses to do more than just recycle and compost.

September 5, 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle

Brooklyn Bridge

OneNYC Plan Released in New York

Meet the new plan; it's not like the old plan.

April 23, 2015 - Capital

First New U.S. Waste-to-Energy Plant in 20 Years to Open in Florida

Waste-to-energy plants, or incinerators, are classified as renewable power plants by the EPA. A controversial Baltimore plant is under construction as well. More common in Europe, they may be catching on stateside due to low recycling rates.

January 13, 2015 - The New York Times

The Incredible Climate Mitigation Potential of Compost

Research has shown that the world's largest land use, grazing, holds enormous potential when linked with composting, to dramatically reduce the carbon content of the atmosphere through sequestration while concurrently restoring degraded rangeland.

October 20, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

Minneapolis Sets Zero Waste Goals

The Minneapolis City Council is considering steps that would increase the amount of its waste stream that gets recycled.

May 14, 2014 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Water Bottles

San Francisco Enacts Plastic Water Bottle Ban

First came plastic bags, then styrofoam cups, and now, plastic water bottles—though the ban is not as far-reaching as the former two in that it is restricted to sales on city property, including street fairs.

March 8, 2014 - San Francisco Examiner

On Survivalism and Autonomy in the Built Environment

Architecture professor William W. Braham examines the growing trend of "self-powered", "zero-energy" and "zero waste" buildings through the lens of survivalism.

October 13, 2010 - Places

City Gives Incentives To Recycle

In Corpus Christi, Texas, officials have entered a public-private partnership to give people more reasons to recycle.

August 13, 2009 - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Toughest Recyclers In the West (Or Anywhere)?

The city of San Francisco approves a plan to require composting and recycling citywide by this fall, with fines kicking in within two years.

June 15, 2009 - San Francisco Chronicle

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