Welcome to the Zero Waste Alliance

The Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) has a clear and simple vision: a prosperous and inclusive future without waste.  A future without waste and toxics is not just a dream; it’s a necessity.  Waste reduces the effectiveness of our businesses,  increases pressures on the natural environment and harms the vitality of our communities.  It does not have to be this way; waste is the result of a broken process. Fortunately, this is a process that can be fixed. 

At ZWA we work with industry and communities to build markets, attack barriers, share experiences and disperse our vision.  We leverage more than a decade of experience, intellectual assets and the ability to bridge business, government, academics and non-governmental organizations. Our expertise helps us build awareness of existing opportunities and advance industry and community capacity to successfully implement zero waste strategies.

ZWA’s Visionary Goal Strives for:

  • Zero Waste of Resources - energy, materials and human 
  • Zero Waste in Production Activities – recycling, reclamation, sourcing
  • Zero Waste in Product Life – go to market, use, end of life
  • Zero Emissions – air, soil, water, solid and hazardous 
  • Zero Use of Toxics – processes and products


To pursue our vision of a future without waste, the Zero Waste Alliance works with a wide range of industry, government, community, nonprofit and higher education organizations.  Our work strives to: promote open engagement, work through a whole systems approach, model nature and pursue highest use for all materials, work with versus against the market and lastly, avoid negative discourse and transform industry and communities through positive change.

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