Mayor Martin Walsh of the City of Boston on June 18 made an announcement regarding the first-ever zero-waste plan of the city. The proposals include plans, both near and long-term, that aims to reduce how the city consumes natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions. The plan will involve crucial parts such as the development of the composting program of Boston, which will increase access to different recycling opportunities, as well as get a recycling education campaign going across the city.
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“Preparing Boston for climate change means ensuring our city is sustainable, both now and in the future,” said Mayor Walsh. “We need to lead, and design city policies that work for our residents, and for the environment and world we depend upon. These initiatives will lead Boston towards becoming a zero waste city, and invest in the future of residents and generations to come.”
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The zero-waste plan will also follow the recommendations set by the city’s report where Boston will lengthen its current 17-week waste collection service for its residences during the months of April to December to up to 20 weeks. This step will provide citizens with more options. They will have 20 weekends where they can drop their waste off at the composting facility of Boston without any cost. The city’s community gardens will be given a few of the composts generated here at no charge as well, while some compost will be made available for residents to purchase at a lowered cost.