Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

The Northeast’s Biggest City is Going Zero Waste

Big news: This summer, Boston announced a plan to go zero waste! 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 to form the Zero Waste Boston coalition. Our coalition partners include people fighting for workers’ rights, environmental justice and a cooperative economy. The coalition is calling for zero-waste solutions that will keep Boston’s trash out of landfills and incinerators across our region, as well as secure fair wages and safe conditions for workers in the process.

Moving toward zero waste gives us the opportunity to advance an equitable local economy, and while we have more work to do to make sure that all workers in the waste and recycling industry receive the compensation they deserve, we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the city to make this vision a reality.

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