The Fort Collins community has been so successful with exceeding waste-reduction goals that the City is now aiming for zero waste by 2030. In December 2013, the Fort Collins City Council adopted 11 new waste reduction goals after an extensive nine-month planning process. Read the Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan: On the Road to Zero Waste for more information regarding Fort Collins' next steps.
Waste Reduction & Recycling Plan
The plan 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.