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Zero Waste Resolution: Summit County, Colorado, USA

Summit County, Colorado

Summit County adopted a resolution to pursue the goal of Zero Waste. The county committed to increasing recycling and reuse, and reducing consumption, until landfills are no longer needed.

Action(s) Taken

  • Zero Waste goals & plans

Population

29,000

Year Enacted

2005

Overview

The Summit County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution to pursue the goal of Zero Waste by “promoting reduced consumption, reuse of materials, and increased recycling until the concept of a landfill is obsolete.”

Following the resolution, the county built a regional recycling facility for the area called the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP). In 2012, a task force was established to plan for long-term Zero Waste goals, including the creation of a funding mechanism for recovery programs that is not dependent upon fees from the landfill.

The county collaborates with a local nonprofit, High County Conservation Center, to provide waste reduction education, which expands the reach of programs to businesses and schools.

Downloads

Summit County Zero Waste Resolution

More Information

Summit County Government Zero Waste Task Force

Summit Daily article “Board of County Commissioners commit to Zero Waste

Summit Daily article “County government goes for Zero

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