Zero Waste

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Zero Waste is sustainable materials management – seeking to eliminate waste wherever possible first and foremost, and then managing the discards we do have through reuse and recycling/composting.

Zero Waste Palo Alto’s mission is to help the community reach its Zero Waste goal of virtually eliminating waste from being burned or buried, and to protect the environment and public health in a cost effective manner by safely, legally, and sustainably managing Palo Alto’s solid and hazardous waste as well as our closed landfill.

Hazardous Waste

Americans generate 1.6 million tons of hazardous household products per year. The best way to reduce and prevent pollution from hazardous household products, protect the health of your family, and preserve the environment is to use less-toxic alternatives. The City of Palo Alto provides environmentally safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal for residents and small businesses.

Construction and Demolition Debris Diversion

The City passed a Construction and Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance in 2004, and updated the ordinance in 2009. The ordinance requirements are currently enforced through the City’s Green Building Program and require projects to salvage, and/or divert at least 75% of project debris from landfill.

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