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Chula Vista Office of Sustainability to offer Zero Waste Academy beginning Feb.9

The Chula Vista Zero Waste Academy is a free seven-session course that begins Feb.9 and runs through March 23 to educate residents on the concepts and practices of Zero Waste.
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The city of Chua Vista office of Sustainability is offering an inaugural Chula Vista Zero Waste Academy in February to educate residents on the concepts and practices of Zero Waste. 

The Chula Vista Zero Waste Academy is a free seven-session course that begins Feb.9 and runs through March 23 to educate residents on the concepts and practices of Zero Waste. Most classes will be held from 5:30 -7 p.m, according to a news release. 

The free academy will be used to also promote understanding of the city’s Waste Reduction Strategic Plan (Zero Waste Plan) and the city’s goal of 90 percent waste diversion by 2035. The academy is exclusive to Chula Vista residents.

According to the city, the sessions will consist of talks from experts on a variety of topics, including zero waste ideology, the hierarchy, the recycling business, plastics issues, green marketing, and what they can do as individuals to think and practice zero waste.

Participants will also conduct a waste characterization of their own home, and upon completion of the seven-session course will be recognized as Chula Vista Zero Waste champions. 

According to the city’s office of sustainability, the academy will include tours of local facilities, including the Otay landfill, a materials recovery facility, and a construction and debris facility.

“The tours will provide a first-hand look at what happens to waste collected and offer an opportunity to see how recyclable materials are handled and prepared for reuse to create new products,” reads a statement from the City’s Office of Sustainability in a press release. 

Anyone who would like to learn more about the Zero Waste Academy, or register may visit https://www.chulavistaca.gov/zerowaste.

Chula Vista residents with additional questions are instructed to call (619) 691-5122.