Many communities in California have zero waste goals, plans, and policies. Whether you are just beginning your zero waste journey or are looking to fine tune your programs, below are some helpful links to resources and organizations that can help you achieve your zero waste goal.
- Communities with Zero Waste Plans or Resolutions
- Communities Educating on Zero Waste or Working Toward a Plan
- Zero Waste Community Tools and Resources
- Zero Waste Community Case Studies
Communities with Zero Waste Plans or Resolutions
How are cities and counties moving toward zero waste? A number of local jurisdictions in California have implemented zero waste programs or passed resolutions related to zero waste. CalRecycle has compiled this information in an effort to increase knowledge about zero waste efforts in California and to facilitate collaboration among cities and counties.
Note: If you require accommodation to access documents on this page pursuant to California accessibility requirements, please contact the city or county listed. In the case of Del Norte County, please contact CalRecycle's Office of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 341-6300.
- Alameda County
City of Alameda Zero Waste Implementation Plan
Zero Waste Policy
- Castro Valley
The Path to Zero Waste
City of Claremont Sustainable City Plan
Davis Integrated Waste Management Plan
- Del Norte County
Del Norte Zero Waste Plan
Town of Fairfax Annual Report
City of Fresno—Zero Waste Strategic Action Plan
A Resolution of the Council of the City of Glendale, California Establishing a Zero Waste Goal for the City of Glendale
Request for City Council Action Regarding Resolution of Support for Zero Waste Principles
- Los Angeles
pLAn: Transforming Los Angeles--Environment, Economy, Equity
- Marin County
Resources, Respect, Responsibility—Final Draft Zero Waste Feasibility
- Mountain View
Draft: Vision and Goals. Mountain View Zero Waste
Information about Novato Sanitary District-Approved Zero Waste Agreement
Strategic Plan to Achieve Oakland's Zero Waste Goal and Resolution Adopting the Plan
Staff Report: Approval of City of Oceanside Zero Waste Strategic Resource Management Plan
- Palo Alto
Zero Waste Strategic Plan
Zero Waste Strategic Plan
- San Diego
City of San Diego Zero Waste Plan
- San Francisco
- San Juan Capistrano
A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Juan Capistrano, California, Supporting Zero Waste Principles and Statewide "Zero Waste California" Efforts
- San José
Integrated Waste Management Zero Waste Strategic Plan
- Santa Cruz County
Zero Waste Plan
- Santa Monica
City of Santa Monica Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan
Zero Waste Strategic Plan: A Quantifiable Approach
Communities Educating on Zero Waste or Working Toward a Plan
Zero Waste Community Tools and Resources
Eco-Cycle Solutions "Community Zero Waste Roadmap"
"Our Community Zero Waste Roadmap is your step-by-step guide to creating a plan that’s right for your community. Whether you’re ready to move an inch or a mile, we can help you find your way and connect you with others on the path..."
EPA’s "Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool"
"The Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool features a table of 100 measures communities can employ to reduce waste and recover materials. By using interactive functions (sorting, searching and/or filtering), local planners can explore best practices in the form of ordinances, policies, programs, contracts, outreach & technical assistance, and infrastructure development, with the objective of creating a list of strategies tailored to their community's needs and capabilities…"
CalRecycle’s Waste Characterization Tool
CalRecycle conducts periodic waste characterization studies to better understand the types and amounts of materials disposed in and diverted from California's waste stream. Use the tool below to view waste characterization estimates for a selected California jurisdiction(s) based upon statewide study data combined with local employment and population data. Residential data provides disposal stream data, while commercial sector data includes both disposal and diversion streams data.
Zero Waste Community Case Studies
- EPA Zero Waste Studies
- Food Scraps Management
- School Waste Reduction
- Zero Waste School Lunch Program: "Oak Hills Elementary School in Ventura County has an aggressive lunch waste reduction goal: zero-waste generation. Several years ago the school introduced the waste reduction or "zero-waste” policy during lunch and snack times and it has been going strong ever since…"
- Connecting Communities to CalRecycle. A guidebook outlining CalRecycle’s programs and case studies.