Zero Waste Implementation Plan Update

In 2023, City Council approved moving forward with the next update of the Zero Waste Implementation Plan (ZWIP). Current project updates will be posted to this page, and additional information about project actions to date can be found below.

First adopted in 2010, Alameda's ZWIP is a long-term systematic effort to 1) reduce the overall solid waste generated within the city, 2) reduce the quantity of solid waste generated per person within the city, 3) increase the quantity of recyclable and compostable materials diverted from landfills, and 4) support state and federal efforts to build the environmental and social costs in the price of products and packaging and require manufacturers to take back products at the end of their useful lives. These goals remain in effect to help guide Alameda on its path to zero waste.

Original 2010 ZWIP and 2018 ZWIP Update

The City of Alameda first adopted a Zero Waste Implementation Plan (ZWIP) in 2010. The ZWIP was updated in 2018 and the City has been focusing on 5 key strategies adopted with that update: 

Strategy 1: Support Zero Waste Culture in Alameda. This strategy enhances and celebrates Alameda’s growing zero waste culture through several actions that recognize the shared responsibility for each individual to reduce and divert waste from the landfill.

Strategy 2: Conduct Targeted Technical Assistance with Commercial and Multi-Family Sectors. Alameda’s commercial and multi-family waste generators have the greatest opportunity to reduce waste sent to landfill and help them to achieve higher levels of waste diversion that could significantly reduce Alameda’s landfill disposal.

Strategy 3: Create a Food Recovery Program and Enhance Organics Management. Food waste and other organic materials represent over 20% of waste sent to landfill and increasingly strict state requirements regarding its disposal make this strategy important for Alameda’s zero waste achievement.

Strategy 4: Update the City’s Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance and Conduct Outreach. Building projects produce large amounts of waste that often end up in a landfill despite its potential to be reused or recycled, underscoring the need to increase materials recovery.

Strategy 5: Expand High Diversion Franchise Agreement. Alameda County Industries (ACI) is a strong partner in achieving its zero waste goal, and as such updating the franchise agreement to support zero waste initiatives and build on that partnership will be important moving forward.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Climate Action, Resilience, and Zero Waste Community Workshop

June 25, 6pm- 7:30 pm at the Main Library (1550 Oak Street, Alameda)

Register for the Climate Action, Resilience, and Zero Waste Community Workshop to learn and discuss your vision and goals for the future of Alameda. Please RSVP here (registration not required to attend the meeting).

To learn more about the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) and the 2024-25 Plan update, click here.

Past Community Engagement

Zero Waste Resources

Alameda's Zero Waste Program and Services

Alameda is a member agency of StopWaste, and lists resources for home, work and at school.

re:source is a StopWaste tool that helps you learn about proper recycling, safe disposal, reuse and repair.

City Project Team

Liz Acord, Public Works Coordinator: lacord@alamedaca.gov, 510-747-7957

Laurenteen Brazil, Program Specialist, lbrazil@alamedaca.gov, 510-747-7959

Marc Green, Program Specialist, mgreen@alamedaca.gov, 510-747-7958

Arielle Llewellyn, Program Specialist, allewellyn@alamedaca.gov