What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste
Textile recycling
What is Zero Waste
What is Zero Waste
Can I recycle this?
Can I Recycle This?

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

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 Plastic, Please! campaign.

Textile Reuse & Recycling
Textile Recycling: What to know

In Massachusetts, all textiles must be recycled and cannot be put in the trash.

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.

Who is Zero Waste Arlington
Who is Zero Waste Arlington?

Our mission is to foster greater participation in all forms of waste reduction to improve health and restore the environment in Arlington, Mass.

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Single-use wasteReduced at Town Day

Zero Waste Arlington introduced two new waste reduction efforts at Town Day 2023.

  • RFree water truck eliminated use of 500+ single-use beverage bottles
  • RReduce Single-Use! reusable takeout container pilot program eliminated 110+ single-use takeout containers

Arlington On TAP

Through a partnership with the Town, we are working to develop and promote a network of public refill stations.

Hyper Local Gift ideas

Strengthen our local community and economy by shopping right here in Arlington this season. 

Our thorough list of low-waste, low-carbon-footprint, reduce-the-stuff gift ideas will guide you.

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?

Do you have questions about what is recyclable? You’re not alone.
Curbside recycling can be confusing. Check out the SEARCH box below.