After Nic Esposito was appointed director of the cabinet, Esposito and company soon came up with an action plan to convert the city into a zero waste entity by 2035. Part of that plan included the creation of the Zero Waste Partnership program for businesses, which was recently launched earlier this year.

Mayor Jim Kenney first signed the executive order that created the city’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, which is charged with creating a comprehensive plan for waste reduction and litter prevention.

“A clean Philadelphia is a vibrant and healthy Philadelphia,” said the mayor in a press release at the time. “With this Executive Order, I’m assembling a group of experts from within and outside of government to identify more effective ways to increase our waste diversion rate and tackle the long-standing problems of litter and cleanliness that many of our neighborhoods have long struggled with.”