Transforming Trash in Urban America

Sebrina Owens-Wilson

Transforming the way local governments manage trash promises to improve conditions in many cities by turning bad jobs into good jobs, creating new employment, decreasing pollution, and lowering costs. 

Cities can move toward zero waste and capture a range of worker, community, and environmental benefits by introducing new systems for managing trash. some cities are adopting a new approach toward recycling that delivers a range of public benefits. sustainable recycling combines robust recycling programs with high road job quality and economic development policies. This approach contrasts with what exists in many cities, where there are low recycling rates and little attention is paid to the environment, workers, or communities. Together the elements of sustainable recycling create trash management systems that fight climate change, create family-sustaining jobs, and support strong local economies and healthy communities. 

This vision of clean, thriving cities requires policymakers and leaders  to take an aggressive and proactive stance toward tackling trash problems.

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