Zero Waste Resolution

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A City of Longmont recycling truck dumps recyclable material into a storage facility.

On September 27, Longmont City Council passed an updated Zero Waste Resolution, a non-binding document that sets new targets and guides future decision-makers on reducing waste in the Longmont Community. The new Resolution sets a new target of 75% of trash diverted from the landfill by 2030 and 95% by 2050. Read a one-page summary of the Resolution or the full Zero Waste Resolution.

City staff plan to bring a draft Universal Recycling Ordinance to City Council in December for discussion and further direction. This Ordinance may require recycling in all buildings, including commercial and multifamily, and organics diversion for food permitted businesses.

How to get involved?

Overview

The waste we generate has a significant impact on our communities. Results of that are litter, pollution, contamination of soil and water and the production of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which create challenges for us all to live in a clean and safe environment.

The Longmont City Council has directed staff to evaluate a number of approaches to reduce waste to the landfill and create objectives that help reduce GHG emissions:

Council directives include education and outreach; hard to recycle programs; zero waste resolution; and universal recycling ordinance

Reducing waste and diverting waste from landfills through recycling and composting is a critical part of achieving the Council’s directives and contributes to creating a clean and safe community and healthy ecosystems that support clean air, water and soil. The City of Longmont is committed to zero waste efforts and has put an aggressive plan in place to reach that goal.

An important part of the plan is to update the City’s current Zero Waste Resolution, which was adopted by the city council in 2008. The resolution is an overarching statement of commitment on waste management practices. In 2016, the City completed the first community Sustainability Plan, which included a focus on waste and established a goal of reaching a 50% diversion (reuse, recycling and composting) rate in the residential sector by 2025. In 2021, the City achieved a 42% diversion rate, bringing the 2025 goal into realistic sights. In order to address waste diversion in the commercial sector, City staff will evaluate and propose a Universal Recycling Ordinance that will expand recycling requirements across the City of Longmont and further increase landfill diversion rates.

The updated Zero Waste Resolution and the Universal Recycling Ordinance are both intended to keep Longmont on its path to achieving goals for diverting waste from landfills, reducing litter, pollution and contamination of soil and water, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. View frequently asked questions about this initiative.



On September 27, Longmont City Council passed an updated Zero Waste Resolution, a non-binding document that sets new targets and guides future decision-makers on reducing waste in the Longmont Community. The new Resolution sets a new target of 75% of trash diverted from the landfill by 2030 and 95% by 2050. Read a one-page summary of the Resolution or the full Zero Waste Resolution.

City staff plan to bring a draft Universal Recycling Ordinance to City Council in December for discussion and further direction. This Ordinance may require recycling in all buildings, including commercial and multifamily, and organics diversion for food permitted businesses.

How to get involved?

Overview

The waste we generate has a significant impact on our communities. Results of that are litter, pollution, contamination of soil and water and the production of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which create challenges for us all to live in a clean and safe environment.

The Longmont City Council has directed staff to evaluate a number of approaches to reduce waste to the landfill and create objectives that help reduce GHG emissions:

Council directives include education and outreach; hard to recycle programs; zero waste resolution; and universal recycling ordinance

Reducing waste and diverting waste from landfills through recycling and composting is a critical part of achieving the Council’s directives and contributes to creating a clean and safe community and healthy ecosystems that support clean air, water and soil. The City of Longmont is committed to zero waste efforts and has put an aggressive plan in place to reach that goal.

An important part of the plan is to update the City’s current Zero Waste Resolution, which was adopted by the city council in 2008. The resolution is an overarching statement of commitment on waste management practices. In 2016, the City completed the first community Sustainability Plan, which included a focus on waste and established a goal of reaching a 50% diversion (reuse, recycling and composting) rate in the residential sector by 2025. In 2021, the City achieved a 42% diversion rate, bringing the 2025 goal into realistic sights. In order to address waste diversion in the commercial sector, City staff will evaluate and propose a Universal Recycling Ordinance that will expand recycling requirements across the City of Longmont and further increase landfill diversion rates.

The updated Zero Waste Resolution and the Universal Recycling Ordinance are both intended to keep Longmont on its path to achieving goals for diverting waste from landfills, reducing litter, pollution and contamination of soil and water, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. View frequently asked questions about this initiative.



Page last updated: 27 Oct 2022, 09:04 AM