ZERO by FIFTY.... Missoula's Pathway to Zero Waste

Open House and Comment Online

The City of Missoula and our ZERO by FIFTY team is excited to debut the four plan "Paths" or focus areas of the forthcoming ZERO by FIFTY plan, along with supporting strategies at an Open House and online to the public for comment: 

The four focus areas, or Paths to Zero Waste in Missoula are: Access, Infrastructure, Education and Policy. These paths and related strategies came into focus from studying best practices in other communities, and from YOU via our three Community Listening Sessions hosted in March. 

We're excited to put detail this foundation, but wanted to give the community one more chance to share your great ideas and feedback. Please click on the links below to review strategies and provide comment.

The comment period will be open from October 6th - October 27th. 

View ZERO by FIFTY Paths and Strategies
Comment Online

ZERO by FIFTY Open House

When: Thursday, October 12
Where: Home ReSource Community Room 1515 Wyoming Street
Time: 5-8 p.m.

The Open House is designed to for citizens to have the opportunity to learn about the ZERO by FIFTY plan framework, engage with City staff to further shape the plan and initiative and provide comment before the final draft is written. The event is a true Open House and citizens are encouraged to drop in anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. to participate and comment.


On February 8th, 2016, the Missoula City Council adopted the 2016 Missoula Zero Waste Resolution. This resolution set in motion the process to develop a community-wide Zero Waste plan, The goal of the resolution is that the City of Missoula reduces waste by 90 percent by 2050.

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What is Zero Waste?

The Missoula Zero Waste Resolution adopts the concept of Zero Waste as defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance:

"Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health."

To learn more about Zero Waste watch the Zero Waste Presentation by Jeremy Drake and Katie Deuel from Home ReSource. This presentation was given to the Committee of the Whole of the Missoula City Council and explained the need for the City of Missoula to start down a Zero Waste path. 


Since the adoption of Missoula's Zero Waste Resolution, a ZERO by FIFTY Leadership Team has formed to guide and facilitate the overall public process and draft Missoula's Zero Waste plan. The Leadership Team is advised by the Zero Waste Advisory Committee (ZWAC) made up of volunteer stakeholders from a variety of sectors, organizations and the community. Click here
 to see a list of the Zero Waste Leadership Team and of ZWAC's members and their affiliations.

To make sure that the public's interests are incorporated into the Zero Waste plan, the City of Missoula will host Community Listening Sessions March 2nd, 7th and 8th.


Click this link to see a 
Timeline for the entire Zero Waste planning process and how the public will be involved from start to finish!