The Zero Waste Committee is dedicated to achieving zero waste in Washington, D.C.
What is Zero Waste?
Zero waste is a new approach to waste that benefits people and the environment by reducing toxicity, conserving resources, and facilitating community economic development. (See the Chapter's position paper on zero waste.)
Campaigns and Projects
Incentives for Bars and Restaurants
The Zero Waste Committee is always looking for ways to incentivize businesses and restaurants to reduce their waste. One of our initiatives is our Green Team happy hours that take place every few months across the city at bars and restaurants that recycle. The point of these happy hours is to show businesses that customers care about environmental practices especially when it comes to recycling.
Waste Management Education in DC Schools
Due to the Healthy Schools Act being implemented, it is now law that DC Schools recycle. The Zero Waste Committee, in partnership with other organizations, is helping to monitor the current recycling systems in schools so that improvements can continuously be made.
Citizen Enforcement of DC Recycling Law
Despite D.C.'s Recycling Law, which mandates that all commercial properties and office buildings recycle, many properties do not recycle. Unfortunately, the D.C. Department of Public Works Office of Recycling is too understaffed to adequately enforce the Recycling Law. In response, the Zero Waste Committee has formed a citizen enforcement team to investigate properties in violation of the law, educate owners and occupants about the law, regularly follow-up with owners to ensure compliance, and report any resistant properties to the city.
The Zero Waste Committee is also working on a number of smaller campaigns as well as policy advocacy around the Sustainable DC Plan.
To get involved or to join the Zero Waste Committee please contact the committee chair on the contacts page.