Its member agencies include the county and each of the fourteen cities in the county. Its comprehensive approach to stopping waste influences decisions made by people at every phase of the materials management cycle, from purchasing and consumption choices to what happens when products are discarded.
In 2016, StopWaste’s Board adopted guiding principles to focus its efforts where it can achieve the greatest results. The guiding principles include emphasising waste prevention over management of discards and exploring innovative and experimental approaches that may be leveraged by partners. The circular economy aligns with this direction and appeals to both private and public sectors. It introduces new terminology and concepts that require initial translation. One of StopWaste’s current projects aims to make the circular economy more visible and tangible through local case studies of innovative businesses and building owners already applying the circular principles in the built environment. Other programme areas including food waste prevention, use of compost and mulch, and addressing reusable and recyclable packaging are also directly connected to circular models.
Out of its initial case studies and research, StopWaste plans to develop recommendations and assistance to help its member agencies promote circular economy solutions within their jurisdictions. This may take the form of templates and tools for adopting city policies that create enabling conditions for repair and remanufacturing, reverse logistics, and dematerialised business models. Working with regional partners, StopWaste envisions a thriving Alameda County and Bay Area with a shrinking carbon footprint, vibrant, connected communities, and a healthy local economy decoupled from material consumption.