Inspiring Communities to Embrace and Achieve Zero Waste

Class Descriptions

ZWUSA offers a suite of classes – some of which are now available as Zoom webinars.

Introductory Classes: Zero Waste Curious, Introduction to Zero Waste, Resource Recovery Parks And Zero Waste, and Introduction to Recycling – which we currently teach for the Northern California Recycling Association.

Advanced: Zero Waste Associate Certification Series – Class Details and Program Details


A. Zero Waste Curious (ZWC)

Zero Waste Curious, can be held as a special event, at regularly scheduled staff or volunteer meeting or even as part of larger program. It can run from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the needs of the host organization. Each presentation starts with an entertaining introduction to Zero Waste, then the focus shifts to your community and home. Participants leave with a much better understanding of the meaning and benefits of Zero Waste, what is happening locally and how to embrace Zero Waste personally and as part of a group.

B. Introduction to Zero Waste (IZW)

Interested in learning how Zero Waste has become a key component of community and business sustainability efforts across the US and the globe? Want to know more about the connection between Zero Waste and climate change, social justice and green jobs as well as the benefits to businesses pursuing Zero Waste? Curious about Zero Waste planning and infrastructure as well as community and business certification? This lively interactive class is for you! Prerequisite: None. Recommended Reading: Available on registration.

C. Resource Recovery Parks And Zero Waste

A class on the physical infrastructure and social infrastructure of Zero Waste with a special focus on resource recovery parks.

The resource recovery park concept has been evolving naturally at landfills and transfer stations across the country. These facilities provide reuse and recycling opportunities for all 12 market categories of materials and co-location of reuse, recycling, compost processing, manufacturing, and retail businesses in a central facility.

The individual functions of a resource recovery park can also be decentralized and located throughout a community. This is referred to as a “serial MRF.” We will profile example resource recovery parks and serial MRFs and identify opportunities for local development. Using our host jurisdiction as an example, we will evaluate the existing physical infrastructure and social infrastructure for Zero Waste and identify the local service voids. We will then discuss opportunities for moving forward to pursue high diversion and Zero Waste. Prerequisite: None. Recommended Reading: Available on registration.

D. Introduction To Recycling (ITR)

A quintessential exploration of the history of the recycling and Zero Waste movement, ITR offers both newcomers and seasoned professionals a critical overview of current concepts, practices and terminology.

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