Glendale’s Zero Waste goal aims for 90% waste diversion by 2030, with a 75% goal set for 2020. The city adopted the goal to meet state waste diversion requirements and reduce the environmental impacts of waste, particularly greenhouse gas emissions.
Glendale’s Zero Waste Action Plan has four priority strategies:
Developing a Zero Waste plan was identified in Glendale’s comprehensive Greener Glendale Plan. The city has been recognized as a leader for its efforts to develop an effective sustainability plan with limited financial resources. The Greener Glendale Plan provides strategies to reduce waste from municipal operations as well as within the larger community.
In 2010, Glendale was at a 60% waste diversion rate.
At the same time as the Zero Waste Resolution, Glendale passed a resolution supporting Extended Producer Responsibility that urges the state recycling board and the state legislature to implement framework and product-specific legislation.
The goal of state legislation is to encourage manufacturers to design products to be less toxic and easier to reuse and recycle, and to require manufacturers to share more in the responsibility for managing their products as waste.
Glendale Resolution Adopting a Zero Waste Goal (includes appendices with Zero Waste Action Plan summary)
Glendale News press article: “City boosts its Zero Waste effort“Back to map