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Zero Waste Resolution: Glendale, California, USA

Glendale, California

Glendale adopted a Zero Waste goal to achieve 75% waste diversion by 2020 and 90% by 2030. The city will focus on increasing business recycling and recovering organics to reach the goals.

Action(s) Taken

  • Zero Waste goals & plans



Year Enacted


Overview of the Zero Waste Resolution

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:

  1. Require businesses to recycle or to take their waste to a certified mixed waste processing facility with a high recycling rate. Do this to meet the 2012 state of California mandates on commercial recycling.
  2. Increase the diversion of food waste, food-contaminated paper, and other organic waste. About 50% of Glendale’s waste is compostable. The city’s closed landfill site is being considered for an anaerobic digestion facility to make energy and compost from organic waste.
  3. Ban plastic bags citywide. Glendale adopted a ban on plastic bags and a 10-cent fee on paper bags in 2013.
  4. Increase waste reduction efforts aimed at the business sector.


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.

Related Information

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)

More Information

Greener Glendale

Recycling and Trash in Glendale

Glendale Workshop on Zero Waste

Glendale News press article: “City boosts its Zero Waste effort

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