Conservation board pressures Helena to consider waste reduction plan

Nolan Lister

A volunteer citizen advisory board to the Helena City Commission tasked with studying ways the city might accomplish its solid waste diversion goals delivered a home run-swing proposal and are now pressuring the city to consider it.

The city commission budgeted in fiscal year 2022 for a study to aid in its goal of diverting 50% of solid waste from its landfill. Its citizen conservation board and a third-party consultant, Missoula-based Zero Waste Associates, returned a Strategic Plan for Waste Reduction that board members said could help the city surpass its goals.

The plan boils down to 10 “recommended waste-reduction initiatives organized in three phases of implementation,” culminating in universal residential curbside recycling and, if necessary, city ordinances mandating waste diversion efforts that could be implemented as early as 2031.

The Helena Citizen Conservation Board gave this presentation on its strategic plan to reduce solid waste from the local landfill during the city commission’s July 6 administrative meeting. Helena Citizen Conservation Board

The board’s waste committee with the help of Zero Waste Associates surveyed 22 area nonprofits, businesses, organizations and neighborhoods “to develop a plan that

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