Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

Boston Releases a Zero Waste Plan!

We did it! This week, Boston released a plan to move the City to zero waste after years of powerful community organizing.

Nine years ago, Boston was burning or dumping far more recyclables than other cities of its size. We convened a group of leading activists across the city, including people fighting for workers rights, environmental justice, and a cooperative economy—and we formed the Zero Waste Boston coalition.

Our coalition wanted more recycling and composting so we could stop polluting communities living near landfills and incinerators across our region. But we know it isn’t just about where our trash goes. A healthy waste system is about making sure workers have fair wages and safe conditions, and that the communities who have been burdened by pollution are the first to benefit from the solutions.

This plan is an opportunity to advance an equitable local economy and a zero waste future. We have more work to do to make sure that all workers in the waste and recycling industry receive the compensation they deserve, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the City to make this vision a reality.

Your support made it possible for the biggest city in our region to embrace a zero waste future—so thank you.

We’re proud to coordinate the Zero Waste Boston coalition with Clean Water Action and core steering committee members Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), the Boston Student Advisory Council/Youth On Board, CERO Cooperative, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH).

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