Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota


Rep. Ellison Reintroduces Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act

Feb 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act (H.R. 1034) yesterdaywhich will support communities striving towards zero waste by establishing a grant program that funds the infrastructure, technology, and community outreach needed to achieve it.

“Preventing waste and diverting it from our landfills means a healthier environment and a more sustainable economy,” Rep. Ellison said. “Zero Waste is about preventing waste at the source and reusing the rest. It’s also about creating local jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and using our limited resources wisely.”

“Growing local economies, while cleaning up the environment makes great business sense. We’ve happy to lend our support to Congressman Ellison’s 'Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act’ as it accomplishes both goals,” Richard Eidlin, Vice President of the American Sustainable Business Council said. “The bill encourages not only the recycling of materials in products, but also a re-design of the product itself so that it uses less raw materials. We applaud the proposed federal grant program that would provide funds to local governments and businesses to invest in waste reduction, prevention, reuse, and recycling initiatives. Zero waste, as practiced by cities across America, is a smart, low-cost solution for businesses and communities concerned about the financial impact waste has on the environment."

“The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is pleased to endorse the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act,” the National Recycling Coalition said in a letter. “In conjunction with source reduction, reuse, and composting, the recycling of valuable materials is essential to a sustainable environmental, energy, and economic future. We believe that recycling is a shared responsibility which requires citizen engagement.”


“Zero Waste USA applauds Congressman Ellison’s leadership on this bill. We particularly appreciate that the bill includes the only peer-reviewed, internationally supported definition of Zero Waste. This will ensure the integrity of Zero Waste in the implementation of this bill,” said Ruth Abbe, President of Zero Waste USA.


·             Provide critical investment in infrastructure, technologies, and practices to prevent waste and reuse, recycle and compost more


·             Support local businesses interested in eliminating wasteful practices and packaging


·             Develop outreach and education programs to help people to reuse, recycle and compost


Rep. Ellison also released an episode of We the Podcast on zero waste featuring Minnesota State Representative Frank Hornstein, Eureka Recycling and Liz Bergquist from Edina Grill.