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Marin County has adopted the goal of Zero Waste by 2025.

Marin County adopts the goal of 80% landfill diversion by 2012 and a Zero Waste Goal by 2025.

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Municipal Zero Waste Resolution and Landfill Diversion

In 2006, The Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority (JPA) passed a Zero Waste resolution on November 9, 2006 and the County of Marin joins the JPA, which represents the eleven cities and towns of Marin and the County of Marin, in adopting the goal of 80% landfill diversion by 2012 and a Zero Waste Goal by 2025.

Mandated CIWMB Landfill Diversion Rates

The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) required all California jurisdictions to achieve a landfill diversion rate of 50% by the year 2000, and to reduce, reuse, recycle; and to compost all discarded materials to the maximum extent feasible before any landfilling or other destructive disposal method is used. The County of Marin has exceeded the requirements of AB 939 and achieved a 77% diversion rate by 2004

Strategies to reach zero waste can help to promote the over-arching goal of each generation leaving less of an ecological footprint on the earth. In 2001 the California Integrated Waste Management Board set a goal of Zero Waste in its strategic plan for the state; and cities, councils, counties, and states worldwide have adopted a goal of achieving zero waste, including the counties of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Del Norte in California; the cities of Palo Alto, Oakland and Berkeley in California, Seattle in Washington, Toronto in Canada, and Canberra in Australia; and the state of New South Wales in Australia; and 45% of New Zealand’s local government councils.

Global UN Urban Environmental Accords for Sustainability

On February 14, 2006 the Marin County Board of Supervisors signed the United Nations World Environment Day Urban Environmental Accords, pledging that the County of Marin would implement 21 action steps toward sustainability in the areas of energy, waste reduction, urban design, transportation, environmental health, and water including establishment of a policy to achieve zero waste.

The County of Marin will partner with regional and international communities to actively pursue strategies that will go beyond reuse and recycling to eliminate waste upstream.

SOURCE: County of Marin resolution passed April 17, 2006

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