Zero Waste

Our current 'materials economy' funnels enormous amounts of waste into toxic landfills and incinerators, destroying items of value while polluting our air, water, food systems and bodies.  Clean Water Action has been working for decades to create a fair and sustainable “circular economy.”  This includes:

  • Supporting local activists in Saugus, MA in their fight to end operations at the toxic and unjust Wheelabrator incinerator and working for a just transition that stops the pollution and creates a zero waste solutions to our waste crisis.
  • Ensuring that robust zero waste principles underpin the new state Solid Waste Master Plan, which will set waste policy and guide infrastructure development across the Commonwealth for at least the next decade.
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Zero Waste for Massachusetts

In an economy designed to consume as much as possible as often as possible, it’s no surprise that we churn through products so rapidly that we are facing an escalating planetary waste crisis.

From We All Live Downstream

A compost pile at Prince George's County's compost facility.
January 24, 2022

Small, local composting operations are a big part of the Zero Waste solution! That's why we're so excited to support SB229/HB184, to promote the development of on-farm compost facilities. In collaboration with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Shore Rivers, we're also supporting amendments to make sure that these compost operations don't have unintended environmental consequences.

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January 19, 2022

Today, we testified in favor of SB124, legislation to create a grants program for public schools to divert food waste and develop composting infrastructure! Check out the public hearing here, read a recap here, and click here to email your representatives!

A compost pile at Prince George's County's compost facility.
January 14, 2022

Great news for Zero Waste! Key City Compost, a company founded after Frederick County said no to a new incinerator, is growing and expanding their operations. This week, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and approved Key City Compost's new Site Plan, a key part of increasing the amount of compost they can divert from the landfill and process at their facility between Frederick City and Thurmont.