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Toward Zero Waste

In Washington State alone, we generate around 17 million tons of waste per year. In the U.S. $200 billion is spent on solid waste management and lost energy resources from disposing of trash. Solid waste represents wasted resources, energy, and money.

Over 450 businesses have committed to reducing their waste through our Toward Zero Waste program and are making great strides! The vast majority of businesses have realized financial savings in addition to making a positive change for our community and the environment. 

How can I reduce wasted food?

Squatch Food Waste Logo

We can each do a little to help! Start meal planning today, create an ‘eat first’ section in your fridge, or donate soon-to-expire foods to a local hunger relief agency. Learn more about how you can Squatch Food Waste at home or donate prepared leftover food from your business through our Food Recovery Program.

Check out our last Waste & Whatnot meeting and resources to learn ways to utilize your food waste!

How can I reduce my restaurant’s to-go waste?

Calling all restaurant owners! With to-go food orders at an all time high, we want to make sure we’re being as mindful as possible to reduce our impact on the earth, while still doing business. Join our Where to go for to-go program; we will help you make the most environmental and health conscious purchasing decisions for your to-go ware, help you save money in doing so, and promote your business widely.

How can I reduce waste at my business or public event?

1. Commit

Contact us to learn about reducing your waste by 50% (or more)! In return, you will receive one on one technical assistance, a detailed action plan, employee training and logos for you to use in your marketing and communications.

2. Recruit

Recruit an internal change champion who can lead the efforts at your business or event and review our educational materials.

3. Attend

Attend a Toward Zero Waste workshop for further education (optional). Have your questions answered and learn more from industry leaders and your peers!

4. Share!

Share your waste reduction goals, progress, achievements and barriers. Respond to a short online survey and allow SSC to report your measurable progress directly to us so we can help share your success in the community.

How Does Sustainable Connections Help?

Personalized coaching and assistance is provided to your businesses to get you started, connect you with resources and help solve problems

Promotional materials including posters, decals, stickers and logos will be sent for you to use on your website, business cards, at point of sale, through your customer newsletters, in your ads and where ever works best for you. Signage for sorting waste is available for your business to use on recycling, composting, and trash receptacles.

Recognition and promotion for your business is available for participating in the Toward Zero Waste Campaign. Sustainable Connections highlights participating businesses in social media, newsletters, press releases, and case studies . Sustainable Connections members will be recognized for participating in Toward Zero Waste in the business directory.

Toward Zero Waste Workshops are available for industries such as construction, food and farming, event planning, and hospitality. Have your questions answered and learn more from industry leaders and your peers! Visit our events page for details about workshops.

Industry specific educational materials such as how-to guides, recycling tool kits and event planning guides are available for participants.


Sustainable Connections has printed posters available for Towards Zero Waste participants. If you would like to customize and print your own posters, simply click on the images below to download a printable PDF. Contact Abbie if you have questions!

Bottle and Can Recycling
Paper Recycling
Paper Towels
8.5″ x 11″
Paper Towel
11″ x 17″

Toward Zero Waste Toolkits

Contractor Toolkit

Helpful for anyone in the building industry – from small independent contractors to large construction companies trying to reduce their waste.

Food Services Toolkit

Restaurants, caterers and food truck owners can learn from these guidelines. Contact Mark for your free waste audit and start reducing waste today!

Public School District Waste Reduction and Recycling Toolkit

Schools can learn tips and tricks for reducing waste and recycling. We also work with partner organizations to help educate kids in the classroom.

Event Planner Waste Reduction and Recycling Toolkit

A step-by-step guide for caterers, food vendors, and venue spaces

Toward Zero Waste Case Studies

Sea Witch Botanicals

All packaging is compostable.

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa

Employee coffee stations are free of plastic pods.

Together we achieve more!

Nearly 5,000 lbs of freeze dried blackberries

Hempler’s Food Group

Donated nearly 4,000 lbs of hot dogs

Healthy Pet

Diverted 670 yards of waste in a year.

Chrysalis Inn & Spa

Over 80% of food waste is composted.

April Brews Day

Reduced landfill waste by over 85%

The Leopold

Eliminated all Styrofoam from their kitchen.

Old School Tattoo and Piercing

Properly disposes of all Biohazardous waste.

Good to Go Meat Pies

Diverts over 90% of their waste from landfills.

Mount Baker Care Center

Purchased reusable cups to deliver medications.

Chuckanut 50K Race

Provided reusable stainless steel cups.

Contact us for help with signage, banners, and more!

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Thank you to our program sponsors:

Lautenbach Industries
Sanitary Service Company
Gear Aid

Thank you to our partners: