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<br />CITY COUNCILPOLICY <br /> <br /> <br />SUBJECT: ZERO WASTE NO.: K-22 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />PURPOSE: <br /> <br />The purpose of this Policy is to establish a Zero Waste goal for the City of Mountain <br />View and to set standards to guide the City in its waste handling, prevention, and <br />reduction efforts. The generation of waste, and the placement of materials in waste <br />disposal facilities such as landfills, negatively impacts human health, wastes natural <br />resources, and transfers liabilities to future generations. The City is committed to <br />responsible waste management that: <br /> <br /> Protects the environment and conserves natural resources. <br /> <br /> Minimizes pollutants from entering the air, land, and water. <br /> <br /> Follows the principle of highest and best use so that reducing and reusing waste <br />materials occurs first, followed by recycling and composting, so that eventually no <br />material goes to landfill or high-temperature destruction. <br /> <br /> Creates a more sustainable, efficient economy. <br /> <br /> Preserves the environment for future generations. <br /> <br />POLICY: <br /> <br />It is the policy of the City of Mountain View that the City will: <br /> <br />1. Work to reduce the amount of waste generated and disposed of by Mountain View <br />employees, businesses, and residents with a goal that 80 percent of materials are <br />diverted from landfill by 2020 and 90 percent by 2030. <br /> <br />2. Adopt a continual improvement approach to reducing waste generation and <br />disposal, utilizing relevant data and current scientific research to develop <br />financially realistic strategies and measures targeting remaining materials in the <br />waste stream. For example, current research around sustainable materials <br />management offers principles based on life-cycle analysis for reducing the total <br />environmental impact of materials, focusing our attention on more than just <br />recyclability and weight-based diversion. <br /> <br />Page 1 of 2 <br /> <br />