While the term “waste” generally has a negative connotation, this focus area represents diverse economic and environmental opportunities for Cleveland. By reducing the amount of waste the city produces and sends to landﬁlls, Cleveland can improve human health through the elimination of hazardous waste, protect and increase property values and quality of place, as well as save business, government, organizations and the community money.
Additionally, innovative ways of dealing with waste can create new business and employment opportunities through either the re-use and recycling of products or the creative design of innovative products or processes that allow for “waste-to-proﬁt” or “industrial symbiosis” models.
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Year of Zero Waste Accomplishments
- ZeroWasteNEO’s completion of an updated zero waste event guide
- Publication of Reduce, Reuse, RecyCLE: Cleveland’s Zero Waste Primer
- Created a list of Zero Waste Tips.
- Hosted the Year of Zero Waste Kickoff
- Installed 70 downtown recycling bins
- Collaborated on numerous outreach events to promote zero waste, including EarthFest 2014 and the 2014 Annual Summit, which was zero waste for 2nd year in a row.
- The City of Cleveland was selected as a community partner to work alongside Curbside Value Partnership to develop and measure a strategic, education campaign designed to increase recycling at the curb
- Conducted a waste audit at City Hall
- Completed the Sustainable Cleveland Report From the Community
The Year of Zero Waste Kickoff was held January 10th, 2014.
*all photos by Ruggero Fatica