This is just the beginning. Once cities begin to ramp up their zero waste plans, we can expect to see other zero waste efforts that go beyond diversion to promote waste reduction, reuse, and resource efficiency.
As these zero waste initiatives develop, you’ll want to get ready for changes coming your way, for example in cities like Boston, Dallas, and Gainesville, FL, which just unanimously passed a zero waste policy.
What should you do?
- To start, make sure you are in compliance with all applicable local laws as they are updated. For example, NYC businesses should take note of the recently-expanded organics law (see more details below). Need help? Check out our compliance checklist.
- Take a look at our report on the state of resource management in 9 cities –– Phoenix, Gainesville, Denver, Philadelphia, Newark, Baltimore, Richmond, and Dallas. Get an idea of what is being mandated and encouraged across the country.
Don’t see your city in our report? Just contact us. We’ve been busy getting businesses in compliance across the country and can answer all your questions.
Update on NYC:
Businesses in NYC should take note of the recently-expanded organics law. Larger restaurants, chains, and grocery stores are now required to send their food waste to beneficial use. Here is some useful information for NYC businesses.
- New Rules Regarding Food Waste Separation Announced for Additional City Businesses, Feb 15, 2018
- Q&A On New Organics, Waste, and Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do? Aug 2016
- NYC Rules Summary
- Business Organics Rules, July 2016, Aug 2018
- Recycling Laws and Regulations Overview
- Official Notice: Business Organics Rules (July 2016)
- Official Notice: Business Recycling Rules (Enforced Aug 2017)