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City of Phoenix Waste Diversion Development Plan City of Phoenix Waste Diversion Development Plan TheCityofPhoenix(hereafterreferredtoastheCity)isthesixthlargestcityintheUnitedStates withapopulationof1.4million,embeddedinametroareaoffourmillionandastateofsixmillion. Phoenixcontinuestotakealeadershiproleintheworldofsustainabilityandhasidentifiedseveralkey subjectareasinitssustainabilityplan,whichincludesmunicipalwaste.Wastevaluestream managementisoneofthemostdifficult,andpotentiallyrewarding,challengeareaswithintheCitys sustainabilitystrategy. Withapopulationof3.8millionpeopleinMaricopaCounty1,thePhoenixmetropolitanarea disposedofmorethanfivemilliontons2ofresidentialsolidwastematerialatlocalPhoenixmetropolitan arealandfillsitesin2011.Thisfigurerepresentsapproximately70percentofthetotalsolidwaste materialdisposedofatArizonalandfills.In2011,theCityofPhoenixburiedapproximately900,000tons ofmaterialintheStateRoute85Landfill;over600,000ofthesetonsweregeneratedfromthe residentialsolidwastestream. Ina2003CityofPhoenixwastecharacterizationstudy,itconcludedthatmorethantwothirds ofthesinglefamilywastestreamconsistedofmaterialthatcanberecycledordivertedthrough standardrecyclingandcompostingprograms.AlthoughtheCityofPhoenixscommingledrecycling programhasbeenineffectformorethan20years,theaverageresidentialdiversionratefortheCityof Phoenixwas13percentinFY201112,wellbelowtheaveragenationalrecyclingrateof34.1percent. TheCityofPhoenixhassetagoalofachievingacitywidediversionrateof40percentby2020. Toaccomplishthis,thePublicWorksDepartment(PWD)hascreatedaWasteDiversionActionPlan consistingofanumberofprograms,strategies,measurableoutcomes,andresponsibilities.Theseare organizedintoshortterm(01years),midterm(24years)andlongterm(58years)strategiesfocused onachievingacitywidewastediversionrateof40percentby2020. Criticaltothesuccessoftheplanistoidentifyandexecuteneartermopportunitiesforwaste diversionandaversionthatwillleadtoreducedwastesenttolandfills,whilesimultaneouslysavingthe Cityanditscitizensmoney. AcriticalmidtermstrategyistheestablishmentofaResearchandDevelopmentCenterof Excellence(COE)focusedoncreatingvalueandeconomicopportunityoutofwastevaluestreams.This COEcouldincludeaRegionalResourceRecoveryCenter(RRRC)designedtoachievehigherlevelsof diversionthroughwastecaptureanddiversiontoothervalueaddedprocesses.Ideally,theCOEwill becomethecenterofanindustryclusterfocusedoncapturingwastevaluestreamsandturningthem intoavarietyofbusinessopportunities,includingnewproducts,servicesandventures.Thismodel couldbeexportedtootherregionsintheUnitedStatesandaroundtheworld.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/18/139/17/13

Funding

  • LOCAL: Arizona Municipal Government: $75,000.00

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