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City Club Missoula Forum - Recycling isn't enough: Missoula works to reduce waste by 90 percent

August 15, 2017View for printing

The next time you throw away a plastic bottle, remember that you could be contributing to the nearly $5 million worth of recyclables that end up in Missoula's landfill each year.

On Monday, members of Missoula's Zero by Fifty leadership team presented City Club Missoula members with tips for reducing the city's waste. In this context, waste refers to trash that finds its way to a landfill.

The Missoula City Council unanimously approved a Zero Waste Resolution in February 2016, vowing to reduce the city's waste by 90 percent by 2050.

Katie Deuel, executive director of Home ReSource and a member of the leadership team, said the first step in making a difference with waste is changing how we see waste - not as garbage, but as materials with value.

By Katy Spence

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