Textile recycling
What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste
Waste Ban Webinar
Nov. 30th Webinar
Waste Bans: What You Need to Know

New waste bans on textiles and mattresses and the new single-use plastic water bottle ban. What does all this mean for you?

What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste?

A lifestyle change to minimize our impact on the planet by reducing what we consume, reusing as much as we can, recycling more efficiently and composting our organic waste.

Can I recycle this?
Can I Recycle This?

We know recycling can be confusing. Use the Recyclopedia to answer the most common questions.

Single use water bottle ban
Ban on Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles: What to Know

Great news! Arlington is doing our part to reduce single-use plastic waste. Learn more about the retail ban, why it is important, and how you can help.

Plastics reduction efforts
Learn more about our plastics reduction efforts.

Current initiatives include implementation of the single-use water bottle ban, Arlington on Tap, and our No Plastics, Please! campaign.

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Arlington bans single-use plastic water bottles

In May, Zero Waste Arlington proposed a bylaw to Town Meeting to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. Town Meeting supported the article with an overwhelming vote of 199-42.

  • RArlington is the 24th and largest municipality in Mass. to pass bottled water restrictions.
  • RThe bylaw took effect November 1, 2022.
  • RWe are committed to working with Town officials to plan and install outdoor water filling stations in strategic public locations.

Plastics Reduction Working Group

Reducing the amount of single-use plastics in our community is a team effort and we welcome resident participation. Our initiatives include:

  • RImplementation of the single-use water bottle ban
  • R'Arlington on Tap' water filling station feasibility and planning
  • R'No Plastic, Please’ campaign to reduce single-use plastics for take-out

November 30 Waste Ban Webinar

What do the recent waste bans mean for you? Come prepared with your questions for our panelists. As of November 1st:

  • RTextiles and mattresses must be recycled and can no longer be placed in your trash.
  • RSales of single-use plastic water bottles under 1 liter are banned.

What Is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a lifestyle change that minimizes the human burden on our planet. While it is a personal and household choice that one might associate with recycling, for example, Zero Waste behavior demands a much more comprehensive outlook. Whereas recycling primarily focuses on post-consumption behavior, Zero Waste is about conscious pre-consumption choices.


Say no to what you don’t need.


Avoid single-use and unnecessary items.


Switch to reusable and permanent alternatives.


Compost organic household waste.


Recycling is the last resort.

Can I Recycle this?

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