Victory! DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed this bill into law on December 22, 2020. The bill was only introduced in October of 2020, so the DC Chapter did not have a lot of time to get involved, however, Chair Charlotte Runzel was in communication with bill sponsor staff, and the Chapter promoted an action alert.
Like everywhere else in the country, Washington DC struggles with its solid waste and recycling systems since China stopped taking so much of our waste and recyclables. DC sends 77 percent of solid waste to landfills, and continues to incinerate trash, impacting public health and the environment.
Proper recycling and composting procedures benefit natural resources and help fight climate change, while saving taxpayer dollars and providing jobs for underskilled and underemployed workers. Fortunately, there’s an effort to improve recycling in DC. Introduced in Fall 2020, the Zero Waste Act ensure sthe District of Columbia: