Boston recently finalized a $148,000 consulting contract to help initiate a “zero waste” planning process after years of discussion. Led by Massachusetts-based Perlmutter Associates, the consulting team also includes the Center for EcoTechnology, Zero Waste Associates, Kessler Consulting, Sound Resource Management, Eureka Recycling, Gainer and Associates, and RRS. This work will be done in concert with a newly developed Zero Waste Advisory Committee that will include two subcommittees on the residential and commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. Once committee membership is finalized, the planning process is expected to take about nine months. Recommendations will then be delivered to Mayor Marty Walsh for further action.