Fresno, CA Zero Waste Strategic Action Plan

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Fresno, CA, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Approved on 2/11/08

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What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste Principles promote the highest and best use of materials to eliminate waste and pollution, emphasizing a closed-loop system of production and consumption, moving in logical increments toward the goal of zero waste through the core principles of:

  • Pursuing 'upstream' re-design strategies to reduce the volume and toxicity of discarded products and materials, and promote low-impact or reduced consumption lifestyles;
  • Fostering and supporting reuse of discarded products and materials to stimulate and drive local economic and workforce development; and
  • Improving 'downstream' recycling of end-of-life products and materials to ensure their highest and best use.

The city of Fresno Solid Waste Management Division collects 450,000 tons of trash, recyclables, and green waste annually from 105,000 single family homes, 2,500 multi-family complexes (approx. 30,000 units), and 4,000 businesses. As waste collection is a core business service of the Public Utilities Department of the City of Fresno, it is the responsibility of this department to manage these resources in the most cost efficient and ecological manner.

The new Zero Waste Goal changes the way we look at waste generation, focusing on three components:

  • Reduce Up-Stream Wastes - "Waste Avoidance"
  • Reuse Mid-Stream Wastes - "Reuse of Discards"
  • Recycle Down -Stream Wastes - "End-of-Pipe Diversion"

The City Recycling Team proposes a new City philosophy on the managing of our citizen's waste streams: "To manage our resources through the highest and best use hierarchy:

Reuse, then

For more information click here: City of Fresno Zero Waste Strategic Action Plan.