Waste management is usually a burden shouldered by municipalities who lack the technology, know-how and financial resources to address the problem in an ecologically efficient manner. Any assistance in the matter should be seen as welcome, primarily because waste management is expensive and consumes important resources that could be used for other purposes, especially in poorer countries. Landfills are expensive, require space and are by design environmental hazards. Incinerators destroy valuable materials, emit greenhouse gasses and are a risk to the health of constituents. Contracts with waste management companies are difficult to negotiate and manage. Tipping fees are expensive. The community is very demanding with regard to waste removal and sensitive to low recycling rates. The challenge is significant.

The Carrot Fndn and Carrot DAO hopes to assist by offloading some of the waste management burden from municipalities. Introduction of Carrot’s waste codification and tracking protocol can not only decentralize recycling and open the market for innovation and competition, but also enable new resources to enter the recycling economy, which ultimately should benefit all its participants. While waste hauling to landfills can continue to occur as-is in the short-term, volumes and costs can be reduced over time. Biological waste collection can be introduced in parallel as a Pay-As-You-Throw solution with carbon credit rewards, while recyclable and specialty item recycling can be managed by independent networks supported by TRC and TCC sales. Municipalities can view real-time data on recycling performance recorded on a public ledger, while implementing turnkey Extended Producer Responsibility programs and local carbon offset mechanisms to ensure corporations and other stakeholders are contributing their fair share to a Zero Waste Municipality.

$CARROT and the Carrot DAO are community owned and led. This means that a municipality's constituents can take part in helping to improve the system.

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