7.9.1 - Recycling and/or Zero Waste Plan

Standard:  There shall be a recycling and/or zero waste plan for park and recreation facilities and administrative offices that is systematically monitored and periodically reviewed. The plan shall also include an educational component for both users and employees. The recycling and/or zero waste plan should include all major products suitable for recycling in the given region with an emphasis on making the recycling process easy and convenient for park and recreation users.

Suggested Evidence of Compliance: Provide a description of the recycling and/or zero waste plan for facilities and administrative offices and provide the last review with statistics on the amounts of materials recycled or the percent of total waste recycled for the most recent reporting period.

Informational reference in the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, (2010), 3rd Ed., Chapter 13 – Management Operations, pp. 290-292.

Agency Evidence of Completion:

The Park District has created a Recycling & Zero Waste Plan1 to work towards increasing the reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste throughout the agency. The document includes an analysis of the current state, including recycling statistics, currently accepted material, challenges and on-going efforts by the Park District.  A list of current educational and partnership efforts with staff and the community is included as well as suggestion for increased opportunities for the future.


  1. 07.09.01_Recycling-and-Zero-Waste-Plan.pdf

Agency Self Assessment: MET