In 1998 the Town of Carrboro became the first community in North Carolina to pass a resolution for a Zero Waste plan.
The Board of Aldermen instructed staff to study and make recommendations on appropriate steps to move toward Zero Waste, such as reducing solid waste, increasing recycling, identifying and attracting businesses that use local waste products as raw materials, and supporting national efforts toward Zero Waste.
The 2002 report titled “Toward Zero Waste: Strategies for Carrboro” offers policy and program recommendations for moving the town toward Zero Waste. The report acknowledges that some of the recommendations may require the commitment of substantial resources over time.
The list of recommended actions (below) is intended for the short-term to lay the foundation for future progress.
Collaborate with Orange County to expand the existing collection, processing, and marketing infrastructure for recycling, and explore the potential for incentives and other targeted business development to recruit recycling-based businesses to the area.
While it does not directly address the Zero Waste resolution, the town’s “Carrboro Vision 2020” includes a section on solid waste. It states that “The town should aim to recycle all solid waste as a ‘No Waste’ community, and should devise strategies to minimize landfill waste.”
Town of Carrboro Report: “Toward Zero Waste”: (includes 1998 resolution in the Appendix)Back to map