ZERO by FIFTY.... Missoula's Pathway to Zero Waste


On February 8th, 2016, the Missoula City Council adopted the 2016 Missoula Zero Waste Resolution. This resolution set in motion the process to develop a community-wide Zero Waste plan, The goal of the resolution is that the City of Missoula reduces waste by 90 percent by 2050.

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What is Zero Waste?

The Missoula Zero Waste Resolution adopts the concept of Zero Waste as defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance:

"Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health."

To learn more about Zero Waste watch the Zero Waste Presentation by Jeremy Drake and Katie Deuel from Home ReSource. This presentation was given to the Committee of the Whole of the Missoula City Council and explained the need for the City of Missoula to start down a Zero Waste path. 


Since the adoption of Missoula's Zero Waste Resolution, a ZERO by FIFTY Leadership Team has formed to guide and facilitate the overall public process and draft Missoula's Zero Waste plan. The Leadership Team is advised by the Zero Waste Advisory Committee (ZWAC) made up of volunteer stakeholders from a variety of sectors, organizations and the community. Click here
 to see a list of the Zero Waste Leadership Team and of ZWAC's members and their affiliations.

To make sure that the public's interests are incorporated into the Zero Waste plan, the City of Missoula will host Community Listening Sessions March 2nd, 7th and 8th.


Click this link to see a 
Timeline for the entire Zero Waste planning process and how the public will be involved from start to finish!