During her 2015 State of the City address, Mayor Betsy Hodges launched the start of a yearlong process to create a set of strategies to move Minneapolis toward zero-waste.
In June, the Minneapolis City Council approved goals calling for the city to recycle and compost 50 percent of its waste by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030.
Most recently, City Council Members Kevin Reich and Cam Gordon introduced another resolution saying a zero waste plan will be developed for City Council consideration next spring.
For information on Minneapolis' progress, go here.
Oakland, Calif., adopted a zero waste strategic plan in 2006 with a goal of implementing a zero waste system by 2020.
Updates on that initiative are chronicled here.
There have been some recent hitches, however. Most recently, Oakland restaurants have decried big increases in composting rates in the city's new trash program.
And last year there was drama surrounding the city's solid waste services contract. In the past, Waste Management handled waste and recycling pickup in the city. But Oakland surprisingly awarded a new contract to California Waste Solutions. After Waste Management sued, a compromise was formed with Waste Management retaining solid waste collection responsibilities with California Waste Solutions took on recycling.
8. Washington D.C.
Last year, the Washington D.C. City Council unanimously passed two key pieces of legislation: a styrofoam ban by food service businesses and a waste modernization bill.
According to the Sierra Club, "The bill establishes a clear priority for reuse and recycling over landfilling and incineration, requires separation of waste into recyclables, compostables, and trash, imposes strict reporting requirements for private haulers, and bans the disposal of a wide-range of electronic waste (e-waste). The bill also requires the government to develop a zero waste plan designed to move DC toward its goal of 80% waste diversion and leaves open the possibility of implementing a Pay as You Throw (PAYT) system, versions of which have contributed to major recycling gains in other cities."
3. San Diego
San Diego is the most recent city to join the zero waste bandwagon. Its city council green lit aggressive new goals for the city earlier this month.
The approved plan envisions the diversion rate climbing to 75 percent by 2020, 90 percent in 2035 and 100 percent in 25 years.
The city is now hosting a series of zero waste meetings to flesh out the details of how it will achieve those goals.
1. New York City
Part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's OneNYC plan calls for sending zero waste to landfills and reducing waste disposal by 90 percent relative to 2005 levels, by 2030. The plan was announced in April.
The sustainability plan includes the expansion of New York City’s organics curbside collection and local drop-off site programs to serve all New Yorkers by the end of 2018. The city also hopes to implement single-stream recycling collection for metal, glass, plastic and paper products by 2020.