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Toward Zero Waste

FACT: An 80% reduction in waste from your home or business can be relatively easy and even profitable.


Thank you for your interest in Sustainable Connections’ Toward Zero Waste (TZW) campaign. By signing your business up as a participant today, you are joining nearly 100 other locally owned, independent businesses that have made significant commitments to reduce waste associated with their activities. Together we are moving this community Toward Zero Waste!


What’s the big idea?

With your leadership, we aim to reduce the amount of waste going to local landfills, increase reuse and recycling of existing resources, and increase purchasing of recycled and environmentally preferable products.

How does it work?

You commit to at least a 50% reduction of waste in your business, and we support you with free technical assistance and promotional materials to help you achieve your goals.

WHOA – a 50% reduction? That sounds like a lot.

We’ve asked the hard questions of industry and business leaders in waste reduction, and according to our local experts, an 80% reduction in waste from your business can be relatively easy and even profitable!

We do BIG THINGS TOGETHER, and our next goal in 2008 is to move our community Toward Zero Waste!

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How Do I Sign Up?

  1. FIRST, download the Toward Zero Waste education kit here and assess your business' ability to reduce waste. This kit includes 1) a sample manual for how-to reduce waste at your business, 2) a service provider quick guide, and 3) case studies of successful local TZW businesses. 4) for those in the construction indistry, you can download our Construction Recycling Toolkit. 5) Does your business put on events? Click here to see RE-Sources guide to recycling at events. Consider recruiting an internal champion to lead the efforts at your business.
  2. Officially sign your business up by emailing with confirmation of your commitment to at least a 50% waste reduction. (We encourage you to aim as high as possible!) Include your contact information (and contact info for your internal champion if relevant), industry sector, number of employees, and how you heard about the campaign. You will receive a response email with TZW logos attached for you to begin using in your marketing and communications. Once you’ve done this…
  3. Contact Rodd Pemble, Recycling Manager at Sanitary Service Company, to schedule your baseline assessment and free waste audit to help track your progress; or 360-734-3490.
  4. **NEW: Small businesses in Whatcom County that handle chemicals and wastes including solvents, fuels, oils, dry cleaning wastes, paint, grease, and/or work near water, can schedule a free personal visit about safely handling and reducing their hazardous waste. Not sure if this is right for you? Call to find out. City of Bellingham businesses call Bri Silbaugh at 778-7900; Whatcom County - call Bill Angel 676-6724x50831.
  5. Use prominent signage to spotlight your Toward Zero Waste Zone(s). We’ll send you a packet of promotional materials including posters, decals, stickers, and other resources to start moving forward.
  6. Promote your company’s commitment at point of sale, on reader boards, through your customer newsletters, in your ads… Creatively spreading the work is important to increase residential participation too!  We’ll also be promoting your actions to potential customers by including a TZW icon on both your Sustainable Connections Directory listing and coupon in the Where the Locals Go coupon book (if relevant).
  7. Attend a program for further education. Get questions answered and learn more!
    • Toward Zero Waste workshop I: January 2008
    • Green Building Conference, Construction Waste Recycling session: April 2008
    • Spring Business Conference, Story of Stuff/TZW session: May 2008
    • Brown-bag Member Lunch: September 11, 2008
    • Toward Zero Waste workshop II: November 6, 2008
    • Construction Waste Recycling II: November 6, 2008
  8. Share your waste reduction goals, progress, achievements and barriers. We’ll be asking you to respond to Sustainable Connections online surveys, and/or to allow SSC to report your measurable progress directly to us. Learning more about your waste reduction experience, changes in volume of waste, associated costs and savings, descriptions of the most interesting portion of your waste stream that has been eliminated/reduced, all will help us to overcome barriers and move our community Toward Zero Waste!

Please contact Mark Peterson at 360-647-7093 x104 or with any questions.

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