What is Zero Waste
Textile recycling
What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste
Tips to Reduce Waste in 2023

Challenge yourself to adopt one (or more!) of our suggestions to fight back against the environmental foes: consumerism and disposability.

Textile Reuse & Recycling
Textile Recycling: What to know

As of November 1 in Massachusetts, all textiles must be recycled and cannot be put in the trash.

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 2022, 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

Reduce Waste in 2023

Challenge yourself to adopt one (or more!) of our suggestions to fight back against the environmental foes: consumerism and disposability.

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.

refuse

Say no to what you don’t need.

reduce

Avoid single-use and unnecessary items.

reuse

Switch to reusable and permanent alternatives.

Rot

Compost organic household waste.

recycle

Recycling is the last resort.

Can I Recycle this?

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