Draft Plan Now Available!
During 2013, staff from the City's Environmental Services Department--along with consultants from Zero Waste Associates--held a number of Community Conversations on waste reduction and recycling strategies. The goal? Collect feedback from residents and businesses and develop a master plan that would improve waste diversion rates in the City of Fort Collins. An initial draft of the Core Concepts contained in the Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan: On the Road to Zero Waste is available for your review. Please take a moment to give us your feedback.
Waste Reduction & Recycling Plan
The plan that has been drafted reflects a number of key community values:
- Expanded re-use, recycling, and composting to recover material resources from discarded wastes, which also create jobs and local revenue.
- Support for climate protection that aligns with Colorado's statewide goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.
- 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.
We Want Your Input!
The City of Fort Collins has drafted a Road to Zero Waste Plan that evaluates the merits, prospects, and potential of pursuing a Zero Waste approach. We seek input from residents, businesses, owners, and service providers on a strategic plan for waste reduction and recycling. Please feel free to use this Feedback Form to give us your ideas, thoughts, inquiries and concerns.