Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan
Looking towards the future with no end in site to a growing waste stream, the City of Los Angeles initiated an innovative long-range planning process to identify strategies to divert as much waste as possible from landfills and develop a sustainable solid waste infrastructure. As its solid waste consultant, HDR helped Los Angeles begin to implement a paradigm shift in the way residents dealt with solid waste, including a definition of "zero waste" as maximizing landfill diversion and reducing waste at the source, with a focus on sustainable solid waste management practices.
HDR coordinated and conducted a stakeholder-driven process characterized by community meetings and workshops where citizens came together to share ideas and goals to promote public health and create incentives to reach diversion goals of 70 percent by 2015. HDR created a Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan, or SWIRP. The process was divided into two phases, with Phase 1 culminating in adoption of a series of Guiding Principles that grew out of the grassroots stakeholder meetings and Phase 2 providing more specific policy, program, and facility analysis to maximize waste diversion.