Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP)?
The LSWMP, also known as the Zero Waste Plan, was adopted by the Dallas City Council in February 2013. The purpose of the plan is to identify policies, programs and infrastructure that will be needed to manage solid waste and recyclable materials generated in the City over the next 50 years.
What are the City’s current goals for solid waste and recycling?
The following waste reduction rates were established for the LSWMP in 2013:
40 percent diversion by 2020
60 percent diversion by 2030
Zero Waste by 2040
The City has made significant progress since the LSWMP was adopted in 2013. However, the City’s current diversion rate is approximately 20%. The LSWMP Update is an opportunity for the City to identify alternative strategies and options to continue to increase diversion and work towards its Zero Waste vision.
What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste is a philosophy and design framework that promotes not only reuse, recycling and conservation programs, but also, and more importantly, emphasizes sustainability by considering the entire life-cycle of products, processes and systems. “Zero Waste” does not mean 100% recycling and the City may always have some residual materials that need to be landfilled. However, the City will strive for Zero Waste and take an active role in supporting statewide and national initiatives to create a more sustainable materials management system.
Why does the LSWMP need to be updated?
Many changes have occurred since the plan was adopted in February 2013, including continued population growth within the City of Dallas. The LSWMP is meant to be a living document that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis to support the City’s solid waste and recycling goals. The update will reassess the City’s needs and provide short-term and long-term strategies to meet the City’s goals.
The updated plan will also build on and support Dallas’ Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan (CECAP). Solid Waste is one of eight sectors included in the CECAP which outlines activities that the City will undertake to improve quality of life, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change and create a healthier and more prosperous community. More information about CECAP is available at DallasClimateAction.com.
What happens after the updated plan is adopted?
The City of Dallas will use the updated plan to track performance and monitor progress towards its solid waste and recycling goals. The updated plan will serve as a roadmap for the City to make data-driven operational and policy decisions to achieve these targets.
How will feedback from residents and other stakeholders be used to update the plan?
Feedback gathered during the LSWMP Update will be used to inform decisions about the City’s solid waste and recycling programs as well as future opportunities to reduce waste destined for the landfill. Information provided by residents and other stakeholders will be reviewed and incorporated into the strategies and implementation plan developed as part of the LSWMP Update. Information and updates about community outreach activities and opportunities to provide input will be available online at DallasZeroWaste.com.
Will this impact how much I pay for services each month?
As part of the LSWMP Update, the City is gathering feedback from residents and businesses to understand their willingness to pay for services that could improve operations and diversion rates (e.g., reducing the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill). An online survey will be available at DallasZeroWaste.com later this summer for residents and other stakeholders to provide input.