In 1999, the City of Fort Collins set the goal to divert 50% of its waste from landfills. In 2014, the Fort Collins community achieved a significant 68.4% diversion rate, meaning that 68.4% of the materials generated by the community were recycled or composted.
Increased reduction of waste at the source as a fundamental approach.
Appropriate collection systems for more types of discards, with attention to “carbon footprints” for transportation methods.
Consideration for source separation of material resources, if it can help optimize recovery.
Application of Triple Bottom Line (TBL) evaluations, life-cycle analyses, and greenhouse gas emissions calculations to develop and prioritize implementation strategies.
Product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs that recognize that discarded products have value as potential feedstock, second-life products, and energy resources.
Zero Waste programs based on the premise that waste generation represents an economic inefficiency that can be eliminated.
Waste-to-Energy facilities that recover renewable energy from solid waste using conversion technologies such as bio-digestion, gasification, and pyrolysis that have the potential to derive the highest resource value from waste materials.
Inventory and analysis of the assets and liabilities inherent in public ownership of local facilities/infrastructure for managing local waste streams.
What is Zero Waste?
Rather than considering discarded materials as problems to our Fort Collins community, Zero Waste recognizes these as resources that need to be better managed to reinvest in the local economy.
A Zero Waste (PDF 149KB) approach creates local jobs, helps local businesses operate more efficiently at reduced costs and liabilities, and reduces greenhouse gases.
Throughout the summer and fall of 2013 City staff worked closely with residents and businesses in the Fort Collins community to gather input and help shape the Road to Zero Waste plan. Click here to review the in-depth community engagement process.