California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Zero Waste


Many businesses in California have zero waste goals, plans, and policies.

Zero Waste Principles for Businesses

From the Zero Waste International Alliance website:

  • Commitment to the triple bottom line.
  • Use Precautionary Principle.
  • Zero waste to landfill or incineration.
  • Responsibility: Takeback products and packaging.
  • Buy reused, recycled, and composted.
  • Prevent pollution and reduce waste.
  • Highest and best use.
  • Economic incentives for customers, workers, and suppliers
  • Products or services sold are not wasteful or toxic.
  • Use nontoxic production, reuse and recycling processes.

Case Studies and Resources


  • Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE). A zero waste rating system, formally run by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and now administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), that certifies business and professionals in zero waste.
  • Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Cradle to Cradle Institute administers the publicly available Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard, which provides designers and manufacturers with criteria and requirements for continually improving what products are made of and how they are made.
  • California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). CRRA has partnered with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) to deliver a "Zero Waste Principles & Practices" Certification Program for solid waste professionals, recycling coordinators, consultants, sustainability officers, and private and public employees.
Last updated: October 4, 2017
Zero Waste,
Benjamin Johnson, (916) 323-1795