Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced the city's first zero-waste plan June 18. The recommendations include 30 near- and long-term strategies for reducing both consumption of natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions. Key parts of the plan include expanding Boston’s composting program, increasing access to recycling opportunities and launching a citywide education campaign on recycling.
By implementing the strategies over time, Boston hopes to reduce the amount of trash generated and increase recycling and composting by about 638,000 tons per year. One of the goals of the program is to bolster Boston’s current recycling rate from approximately 25 percent to 80 percent by 2035. Approximately six percent of Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the city’s discarded materials. By reducing waste, recycling more and composting, the city aims to reduce emissions associated with waste and move closer to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
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