From AWS Executive Director Jim Connolly:

Here is a link to an article from the New York Times that deals with the concept of zero trash.  Nantucket, among other locations, is very aggressively promoting recycling, composting and trash reduction as a way to reduce landfill volumes, prevent greenhouse gas emissions from landfill off-gassing, and to save money: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/science/earth/20trash.html?em

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is promoting a pilot program for area businesses and organizations to become Trash Free Facilities, and the Anacostia Watershed Society, Whole Foods, US Dept. of Agriculture and others are part of this:   (http://www.fergusonfoundation.org/trash_initiative/trash_freepotomacfacility.html).  

Additionally, the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, the State of Maryland and US Environmental Protection Agency are currently working on a collaborative, watershed-wide trash reduction plan (known as a Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL).  A draft of this plan should be available for public comment at the beginning of 2010.

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