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6.1. Work toward zero waste and a circular economy

Adaptation potential

Mitigation potential





The goal to work toward zero waste and a circular economy will build on the strengths of the existing waste management practices to accelerate waste reduction and diversion while reducing greenhouse gases.

  • City biofuel facility is a leading facility in North America
  • City diverts 70% of organics and recyclable materials from landfill
  • Waste collection vehicles generate net zero emissions by using biofuel

  • Diverting organic waste reduces methane emissions (a potent greenhouse gas), but waste is a small contributor to community emissions
  • Biofuel system generates low-carbon fuel standard credits, generating revenue
  • Waste collection vehicles fueled by renewable natural gas provides a leading example of circular economy