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In August 1998, the City Council adopted “On the Path to Sustainability” (pdf) describing how Seattle would manage its solid waste. The 2004 Plan Amendment (pdf) updated the 1998 Plan. In 2007, the Mayor and City Council adopted Resolution 30990, the Zero Waste Resolution, setting goals for recycling and outlining actions and strategies to achieve those goals.
- To increase waste reduction and resource conservation.
- To recycle or divert from disposal 60% of all municipal solid waste generated in Seattle.
- To increase the efficiency, fairness, convenience, and accessibility of services.
- To expand local recycling markets and increase purchases of recycled-content products.
- To increase producer and consumer responsibility for sustainable waste management practices.
- To implement the Seattle Sustainable Building Action Plan.
- To improve sustainable waste management and resource conservation practices in all City operations.
- To keep Seattle’s neighborhoods clean and safe by partnering with communities.
The 2011 Plan Revision describes how Seattle will manage the City’s solid waste over the next 20 years.