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The Austin City Council passed Resolution 20140410-024, which established a long-term goal of becoming a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions city by 2050.  In other words, we want to reduce emissions to as close to zero as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier, and safer community for decades to come.  To do this, we need your help. Planning committees have identified five overarching strategy areas (listed as "Ideas" below), including related actions, for the materials management sector based on leading research, current city programs, and public input to date.

The Office of Sustainability needs your input regarding these draft strategies and actions.

  • Which strategies should the plan prioritize? (You can hit the "vote" button to vote up the strategy.)
  • Are we missing any actions that could reduce emissions?
  • What else needs to be considered?

    Draft Actions:

    • Incentivize deconstruction and construction material reuse
    • Expand reuse opportunities with existing and new reuse community centers
    • Promote minimization of material use in home construction and design of durable goods
    • Pre-sort at transfer stations or landfills
    • Promote consumer support for durable, long lasting products
    • Promote products and packaging with multi-uses and purposes (as an alternative to single-use products and packaging)
    • COA departments conduct waste audits, identify and promote waste reduction opportunities in City operations, purchasing, events, etc.
    • Expand retail take-back: HHW, rechargeable batteries
    • Expand repair opportunities: appliances, bicycles, electronics, apparel, furnishings

    Coapublic Information admin about 3 years ago

    Draft Actions:

    • Implement the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan actions related to recycling, including increased single-stream recycling materials and strengthened rate structures and new ordinances
    • Create decentralized community centers for recycling
    • Expand Austin Green Business Leaders
    • Develop and market re-manufacturing hubs and Austin materials exchange
    • Advocate for CESQGs inclusion in HHW program
    • Offer commercial recycling rebate
    • Increase recycling to a weekly service and add allowed materials in single-stream recycling
    • Increase convenience and efficiency through public-area recycling containers
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    Coapublic Information admin about 3 years ago

    Draft Actions:

    • Promote specs which emphasize material reuse, reduced packaging, materials with recycled content, locally manufactured products
    • Develop marketing campaigns to promote responsible purchasing
    • Increase co-op purchasing to reduce packaging waste
    • Shift from purchasing products to purchasing services
    • Encourage retailers to sell products with LCA considerations
    • Refine COA construction and building specifications to accept reclaimed materials
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    Draft Actions:

    • Implement the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan actions regarding education/outreach, rebates, ordinances
    • Universal organic diversion - collect not only food residuals, but also other organic, non-recyclable materials from all sectors
    • Implement 2-bin wet and dry collection system for residuals
    • Expand the infrastructure for fats, oils, and grease beneficial reuse
    • Promote the use and production of composting in community and regional farming and urban agriculture
    • Provide on-call brush collection
    • Conduct composting training
    • Offer rebates for residential and on-site commercial composting
    • Develop ordinances for events, C&D recycling

    Draft Actions:

    • Encourage participation in EPA landfill methane outreach voluntary programs
    • Encourage use of effective daily landfill cover
    • Increase City of Austin Landfill gas capture and combustion

    David Klein almost 3 years ago

    We already have plenty of green but this is a really cool idea! http://sciencealert.com.au/news/20140411-26453.html

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