Design Element
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Overview
Curbside Collection
Recycling Center
Landfill
Tool Kit
Recycling &
Composting
Ordinance
Hazardous Waste
Program
Clean up Day
Construction &
Demolition Debris
Proposed Recycling
and Composting Ordinance
 
Palo Alto has a community-wide goal of sending zero waste to landfills. Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle that goes beyond recycling by taking a whole systems approach to
One way organizations can help eliminate waste going to landfills is to stock their lunch and break rooms with reusable and washable dishes, cups and cutlery. With a little planning, special events can be serviced with reusable products as well.
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Ordinance FAQ
Common Questions Answered
   

If the use of reusable dishes and cutlery is not possible, consider purchasing compostable service ware instead. While not as environmentally friendly, because compostable dishes, cups and cutlery are still meant to be used once and then disposed, composting them does reduce their impact. Instead of being landfilled and releasing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, compostable service ware is turned into a soil amendment for landscaping purposes.

   
If the use of reusable dishes and cutlery is not possible
Consider purchasing compostable service ware instead. While not as environmentally friendly, because compostable dishes, cups and cutlery are still meant to be used once and then disposed, composting them does reduce their impact. Instead of being landfilled and releasing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, compostable service ware is turned into a soil amendment for landscaping purposes.
    
WHAT YOU CAN DO      Resident   |   Business   |   School
      
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The Development Process
The community is helping form the new ordinance