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Citywide yard sales help towns cut down on the amount of waste sent to landfills and fulfill city strategic plans.
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This past June, Palo Alto, California, hosted its first citywide yard sale, designating a day when buyers could peruse 370 different yard sales to find secondhand goods. Officials in West Hollywood thought that the number of participating yard sales in Palo Alto signified such a success that West Hollywood will host its own citywide yard sale next summer. Palo Alto's and West Hollywood's yard sales are part of each city's strategic plan to reduce its consumption and carbon footprint in the next few years. Palo Alto's citywide yard sale is a part of the city's plan to send as close to zero waste to landfills by 2021, while West Hollywood's yard sale fits in with the city's Vision 2020 strategic plan. Other California towns also host citywide yard sales to help meet a state-mandated goal to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 50 percent.