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Almost Zero Waste

Almost Zero Waste

Almost Zero Waste

How could we reduce and reuse waste?

A central theme of this scenario is resource self-sufficiency and reuse of energy, water, and material waste. Decentralized solar energy, aggressive targets for water conservation, capture, and recycling along with adaptive reuse of resources, such as building materials help facilitate a self-sufficient desert city.



Iconic changes in this future include gradual increases in urban density, urban agriculture, and water recycling. Simultaneously, waste diversion programs are expanded and accelerated that by 2060, 100% of urban waste is diverted from the landfill and reinvested into the community through composting, recycling, adaptive reuse of materials, and other creative reuse mechanisms.

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