Zero waste

4th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference

May 5-7, 2015
Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles CA
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Zero Waste businesses are leading the way by diverting over 90% of their waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. This conference will demonstrate how Zero Waste can be a key part of business climate change and sustainability plans by reducing greenhouse gases and increasing operating efficiencies. Experts from a diverse range of industries will share innovative ideas, practical tools, and first-hand experience at creating value for their business through Zero Waste.

Heading for zero

Read the full story from DC Velocity.

Ace Hardware worked with its waste and recycling contractor to get one DC to the point where it ships nothing to a landfill. A second DC is close behind. And that’s only a part of the hardware cooperative’s sustainability efforts.

University of Illinois Homecoming goes green with gameday recycling challenge

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

This year’s U. of I. Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is about more than Orange and Blue – it’s also about green. Various campus and community partners are working together to raise awareness and have a positive lasting impact at the inaugural zero-waste football game. Hundreds of volunteers from the Champaign-Urbana community will assist the thousands of spectators in reducing waste…

Leading this cooperative initiative are ISTC; the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; Facilities and Services; and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. To volunteer for the event, sign up at: Organizers hope to have many students involved in making this event a success.

Nationwide, the Game Day Recycling Challenge is a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful, and is supported by EPA’s WasteWise program.

Supporters of the cause are encouraged to like the Fighting Illini Gameday Recycling Challenge Facebook page at

For more information, contact Bart Bartels at

NEWMOA Launches Zero Waste Connection

NEWMOA, GLRPPR’s P2Rx partner, invites you to the Zero Waste Connection, an online community of zero waste practitioners and a clearinghouse to support the work of this community.

What It Is

The Zero Waste Connection is a professional social network of zero waste program managers and staff from the federal, state, and local programs, as well as independent experts. Its goals are to :

  • Promote pollution prevention and sustainability as the preferred methods of achieving zero waste
  • Provide forums for zero waste professionals to share information on program development and implementation
  • Foster innovation in zero waste programs through the exchange of ideas in real time
  • Increase the adoption of zero waste practices among practitioners
  • Increase awareness of zero waste opportunities and resources

Zero Waste Connection focuses on all aspects of zero waste from source reduction, to reuse, to composting, to recycling. Features of the site currently include:

  • Members – identify organizations, companies, and communities that are pursuing zero waste
  • Groups – join a sub-group to connect with other individuals interested in a particular zero waste topic
  • Forums – share your comments and ideas or post questions
  • Events – post announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Sites – find websites of zero waste groups and useful information sources
  • Jobs – post job announcements or search for job openings

The site also includes a resource library.

Join the Network

To join the Network, visit: When setting up your account, you will be prompted to enter your name, email address, and program affiliation to create a profile so that you can access all of the features.  We encourage you to explore the network and to add information and tools, submit comments, join a group, or start a discussion.

For help with joining the Network and setting up your account, view the video tutorial.  For “how to” guidance on using some of the site’s other features, view our online User Guide. We will hold a webinar on November 12th, from 1:00 – 2:00 EST to explain the site’s features and talk about its goals and objectives.


Contact Andy Bray at, 617-367-8558 ext. 306.