Pass the Zero Waste Omnibus Act of 2019 to Keep Our Community Waste Free
While recycling in the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) has increased from 20 to 30 percent recently, the city faces serious problems with solid waste and recycling. D.C. has no composting guidelines or programs, 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. Recently introduced, the Zero Waste Act would ensure the District of Columbia:
- Provides comprehensive organics site management and recycling infrastructure;
- Enhances the recycling process by requiring a uniform labeling scheme;
- Requires waste collectors to address contamination in recyclables and compostables;
- Requires the Mayor to impose a surcharge on recycling disposed of at District transfer stations when they exceed a contamination threshold;
- Ensures less waste when providing food for consumption; and
- Establishes a reuse and donation program to reduce waste in landfills and incinerators.
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