Austin Adopts 'Zero-Waste' Plan

Austin Adopts 'Zero-Waste' Plan

Austin seeks to go "zero waste or darn near" it, according to drafters of the proposal adopted by the city.

The city has committed to reducing per capita solid waste sent to landfills and incinerators by 20 percent by 2012 and diverting 90 percent by 2040.

The resolution unanimously approved by the Austin City Council on Thursday lays out a framework to work toward the goals.

Austin's solid waste strategic plan was more than a year in the making.

The city is the first in Texas to adopt a "zero-waste" policy. The cities of San Francisco and Seattle also have aggressive policies to reduce solid waste.