Inspiring Communities to Embrace and Achieve Zero Waste

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Zero Waste USA is the sole National Affiliate for the ZWIA Zero Waste Community Recognition Program in the United States. For more info on how to apply to be recognized in one of the following categories, send us a note via the contact page; select Recognition Program as the subject.

Working towards Zero Waste – adopted a Zero Waste goal and met requirements of ZWIA Zero Waste Community Recognition Program, such as:

  • Adopt a commitment to implement residential collection programs for recyclables and organics (including food scraps)
  • Consider all discards generated in the community (including from institutional, commercial and industrial sectors).
  • Exercise control over sectors directly responsible for and influence sectors not directly responsible for.
  • Advocate for redesign of problem materials that are not recyclable or compostable.
  • Report progress annually toward Zero Waste Plan milestones.
  • Implement a pay-as-you-throw rate structure or other financial incentives for generators.
  • Establish a Zero Waste Advisory Board or multi-stakeholder process to develop and implement a Zero Waste Plan.
  • Conduct comprehensive composition studies every 10 years and informal annual assessments of residual materials.
  • Oppose any kind of incineration.
  • Define quantitative targets for the mid-term (within 10 years) and long-term (within 20 years).

Best Practices 70%– 70% waste diversion from landfills, incinerators and the environment

Best Practices 90% – 90% waste diversion from landfills, incinerators and the environment

Best Practices 90%/No Burn– 90% waste diversion from landfills, incinerators and the environment and No Burn