Waste Reduction Efforts
|Through the efforts of the Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, the city has made significant strides towards reductions in waste.
Zero Waste in City of Lafayette Facilities
The City of Lafayette has adopted Zero Waste initiatives in City Hall and at the Senior Center in which employees and citizens are encouraged to use Zero Waste stations placed throughout both facilities. Compostable dishware and utensils are purchased for staff and City Council meetings and events.
City of Lafayette Green Purchasing Policy
The City of Lafayette is currently developing a Green Purchasing Policy for the City which will focus on the reuse and repurposing of materials, reduction of waste associated with excess packaging, the preservation of virgin materials by reducing and eliminating their use throughout the City by purchasing alternative sustainable items or items with recycled content.
Single Stream Recycling
Diversion Achieved: 28% waste diversion
In 2007, the City of Lafayette embarked on a journey to see if the City could develop a contracted curbside pickup of single stream recyclables and a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) collection program for 5,277 single-family homes. Western Disposal won the bid and provides a PAYT collection program with a comprehensive single-stream curbside collection program.
The results of the Lafayette PAYT and single-stream recycling have benefited the City:
Zero Waste FestivalsSince 2006 the City of Lafayette has initiated Zero Waste efforts at local festivals. In addition to a tremendous diversion of waste, this program educates vendors and attendees on the benefits of Zero Waste and establishes Lafayette as a forward thinking, environmentally sustainable community.
Peach Festival Zero Waste Event
Diversion Achieved: 90% diversion rate
With over 20,000 attendees, the City is able to achieve a 90% diversion rate by having volunteers staff the 12 Zero Waste stations located throughout the festival.
Oatmeal Festival Zero Waste Event
Diversion Achieved: 98% diversion rate
With over 3,500 attendees, the City is able to achieve a 98% diversion rate by having volunteers staff the Zero Waste stations located throughout the festival.
In addition to the two annual Lafayette events, WRAC implemented recycling stations at the Wine Festival (2006 & 2007) and Celebrate Lafayette (2006 – 2010) allowing participants to reduce waste and capture recyclables.