City of Tucson Zero Waste Roadmap
The City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) has been tasked with developing a Zero Waste Plan for our community. The Mayor and City Council have adopted several policies to support Tucson in its efforts to become more sustainable and environmentally resilient.
In September 2019, the Mayor and Council declared a Climate Emergency. Two of the goals established were related specifically to waste diversion—Attain 50% waste diversion by 2030, and achieve Zero Waste by 2050. In order to meet these goals, EGSD has begun work on the Zero Waste Roadmap. The roadmap sets forth the actions to be taken in the development of a Zero Waste Plan.
EGSD wants to ensure that a Zero Waste Plan for the community will consider the values and culture of our community. To accomplish this, EGSD will work to engage residents and businesses through communication and outreach. As we move forward, information about the work ahead of us and the completion of the tasks will be available here.
The teams created a graph that details the schedule of each phase, which can be found here.
Along with creating a set schedule, the City created a detailed assessment of Tucson's current state regarding waste. That assessment can be found here.
With the completion of Task 3, the City composed a document detailing its goals and the aspirational programs found in other cities. We looked at other city's programs and compared them to Tucson's current state to devise a timeline we believe will be achievable. Below is a brief glimpse at the assessment. The full assessment is linked below under Resources.
The City is happy to announce that the Zero Waste Survey is now live. We want to hear from you about how we can work together to reduce waste. The survey is open from Sept. 9th to Sept. 30th.
We are incredibly excited to continue this project and bring Tucson to its Zero Waste goal.