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    Task One: Consolidate time lines and implementation schedules for selected alternatives

    Just as the implementation of new collection systems and the construction of new facilities requires a comprehensive planning and implementation process, so does the adoption and implementation of the plan itself. Your research is complete, you have worked with the local community to develop the components and programs that make up your plan and you are ready to finalize and implement your document. Just as each individual program and facility needs to have funding provisions and an implementation schedule; your overall plan should include the same level of detail and thought that you have put into each element of the plan.

    Assemble the information you have gathered for each of the programs and facilities to be incorporated into your plan. If you are using an existing document, like the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan prepared by California counties to satisfy the requirements of the Integrated Waste Management Act, AB939, you may already have an outline to guide your work [Chapter 5, Section 8: Implementation Schedule for Countywide or Regional Programs; Chapter 6: Financing of Countywide or Regional Programs].

Task Two: Distribute completed draft plan for review.

Make sure that copies of the plan are available to members of the advisory committee, all identified stakeholders, and the public. Supply your public library with review copies. Compile the draft in binder form to facilitate making changes without reprinting the entire document. Create and distribute a summary of the plan which can be easily downloaded electronically. Prepare and distribute a media kit to highlight the central elements of your plan. Be sure to include public officials at all levels in the review process.

Encourage comment and input. Present the plan to community groups at informal public meetings. Actively look for ways to incorporate public comment into the final document.

Task Three: Present the final plan for adoption.

Once you have finished incorporating comments and input received during the draft plan review, you are finally ready to proceed with adoption of the plan. If your process has been thorough, inclusive, open, and honest, this final step will be both a formality and a celebration of all the effort that you and your community have invested in this adventure.

Because of the community’s involvement in the process from the beginning, it is likely that many of the programs included in your plan will already be happening, or well on the way towards becoming reality. In some cases, these programs will be similar to the efforts already in progress when you started the planning process. If this is the case, you are fortunate. Even so, the plan itself will provide support to your ongoing efforts to continue improving the ability of your community to recover resources and eliminate waste, and the process will serve to help with the important task of enlisting and informing community support as you move forward.

Task Four: Implement, implement, implement!

Now that your plan is complete, it is time to get back to work. The remainder of this toolkit will provide the framework of policies, programs, and resources you will need to incorporate into your plan in order to create a comprehensive and effective document. Wherever possible, we have provided you with contact information so that you may go directly to the people and communities that have implemented the policies and programs included in this toolkit.

Each of us learns from the experience of others, takes back what is useful and relevant, and incorporates it into our own set of circumstances. These are programs and policies that have worked for others. We hope you will find them helpful as your community embarks on its own zero waste adventure.