Stop Trashing theClimate: 12 Priority Policies Needed Now
1. Establish and implement national, statewide, and municipal zero waste targets and plans. 2. Retire existing incinerators and halt construction of new incinerators and landfills. 3. Levy a per-ton surcharge on landfilled and incinerated materials. 4. Stop organic materials from being sent to landfills and incinerators. 5. End state and federal “renewable energy” subsidies to landfills and incinerators. 6. Provide policy incentives that create and sustain locally-based reuse, recycling, and composting jobs. 7. Expand adoption of per-volume or per-weight fees for the collection of trash. 8. Make manufacturers and brand owners responsible for the products and packaging they produce. 9. Regulate single-use plastic products and packaging that have low or non-existent recycling levels. 10. Regulate paper packaging and junk mail and pass policies to significantly increase paper recycling. 11. Decision-makers and environmental leaders should reject climate protection agreements and strategies that embrace landfill and incinerator disposal. 12. Better assess the true climate implications of the wasting sector.