For this week’s Awards spotlight, we’re focusing on the #Cities4ZeroWaste finalists that are transitioning our cities away from the landfil, and toward a greener way of processing (even repurposing!) urban waste.
New York City
New York City's Zero Waste Plan works to engage citizens and makes it easier to recycle, re-use and repurpose materials with the ultimate goal of sending no waste to landfills by 2030.
Auckland's Waste to Resources program has developed a way to divert 65% of curbside waste to be recovered, re-used or recycled.
The Reimagine Phoenix Initiative is determined to strengthen and revitalize the city's environment to clean the air and improve public health by diverting 40% of the city's waste by 2020 and reaching zero waste by 2050.
The Hong Kong T.PARK program makes use of waste sent to the city's landfill by turning it into electricity via an incineration process which generated 50 million kW of electricity by 2016, enough to provide electricity for more than 5,000 homes for a year.
The Buenos Aires Recycling Center presents an innovative, holistic solution to the air pollution by developing five different facilities to process different kinds of waste and repurpose surplus materials for soil stabilized or compost.