Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
The Greenwise Regional Action Plan includes a high level objective to reduce, reuse and recycle 85 percent of the region’s waste by 2020
The six-county Sacramento region generated more than 1.8 million tons of waste in 2009, or 4.3 pounds per person per day.
California state law requires a diversion rate as a percentage of total waste generated and now requires a per capita reduction in waste. Local jurisdictions and waste authorities are largely responsible for these mandates.
Recycling 85% of the region’s waste
To meet this objective a number new initiatives need to begin in the region–the most challenging of which is a shift in community behavior to see waste as a commodity and significant infrastructure investments to reuse and recycle.
In the future, technology advancements–such as waste-to-energy conversion–are projected to play a significant role in the waste reduction field, and will accelerate progress toward this bold goal.
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