Zero Waste

Our current 'materials economy' funnels enormous amounts of waste into toxic landfills and incinerators, destroying items of value while polluting our air, water, food systems and bodies. Clean Water Action has been working for decades to create a fair and sustainable “circular economy.”  This includes:

  • Co-coordinating the Zero Waste Boston coalition, which has successfully pressed the City of Boston to create a Zero Waste plan and required that recycling companies pay workers a living wage.
  • Supporting local activists in Saugus, MA in their fight to end operations at the toxic and unjust Wheelabrator incinerator and working for a just transition that stops the pollution and creates a zero waste solutions to our waste crisis.
  • Ensuring that robust zero waste principles underpin the new state Solid Waste Master Plan, which will set waste policy and guide infrastructure development across the Commonwealth for at least the next decade,

Boston Recycling Coalition

Boston’s recycling rate has risen from abysmal levels in recent years, but still lags far behind the national average. Boston incinerates 80% of its residential waste and pays tens of millions annually for the privilege.