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The City of Santa Monica is dedicated to achieving Zero Waste - change in perspective of what is considered garbage and to maximize the recovery and reuse of the commodities to the maximum extent possible. 

Santa Monica's Plan for Zero Waste

In 2014, the City of Santa Monica adopted the Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan, providing a roadmap for achieving 95% diversion by 2030. 

As an environmental leader, the City of Santa Monica has implemented policies to reduce the amount of waste produced within the city. The Plan intends to strengthen current programs that curb waste and consider new technologies as they become available. Policies and goals for Zero Waste are included in the Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan to provide guidance for future waste reduction. 

Response to Achieving Zero Waste

In 2013, Santa Monica invited feedback from the Community about developing a Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan. The results are below:

                                      Zero Waste Survey Results(1)
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From the survey results, a majority of residents supported the idea of developing a Zero Waste Strategic Plan. One year later, the Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan was adopted to provide policies and guidelines to achieve the goal of Zero Waste by 2030. The Plan considered feedback obtained from residents and businesses to make the plan inclusive.


To achieve Zero Waste, residents, businesses, and City facilities have to find ways to reduce waste being sent to landfills. In 2015, City Hall, the Santa Monica Main Public Library as well as each branch removed desk side garbage containers to move the City's workforce to zero waste. In addition, there are organics, recycling, and trash containers in most City facilities to encourage employees to reduce their waste at work! There are other ways the City of Santa Monica Plans to curb waste, and the timeline for implementation of programs can be found in the Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan.

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Furthermore, Resource Recovery & Recycling provides organics in addition to recycling and trash collection to reduce the amount of waste produced by residents and businesses. There are a number of free events hosted by Resource Recovery & Recycling to help residents make the most of their possessions and reuse as much as possible. Events like Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling, Used Oil Filter Recycling, Repair Cafe, and the Citywide Yard Sale, among other events, help residents dispose of items properly and reduces unwanted materials from ending up in landfills. 

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