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Could Missoula Become A Zero-Waste City By 2050?


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“Zero waste” is a buzzy concept that can be applied to almost anything. With a few shopping tweaks, you can have a zero waste beauty routine, or strive towards a zero waste kitchen. But can an entire city become zero waste?

Missoula thinks it can. On August 1, the city council adopted into committee a “Zero by Fifty” program that’s been gestating since 2016. The ambitious plan aims to eliminate 90 percent of the city’s wastestream by 2050, thereby meeting the Zero Waste International Alliance definition of zero waste.