Zero Waste Detroit
Zero Waste Detroit is a coalition of local organizations advocating curbside recycling, a materials recovery system that would bring new jobs and economic development to the city, and an end to waste incineration. Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice is a founding member of the coalition.
A brief history of Zero Waste Detroit’s accomplishments:
- 2007: Raised the issue of solid waste befor City Council and all Mayoral administrations and the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority (GDRRA), the oversight body of the incinerator.
- 2008: Council Resolution supporting Zero Waste Detroit’s solid waste model.
- 2009: The city began curbside recycling for approximately 25,000 households.
- 2010: March and demonstration at U.S. Social Forum in Detroit.
- 2011: Language in the reform City Charter that mandates recycling as the first option for solid waste management.
- 2012: City on the path toward city-wide recycling.