Toward Zero Waste for Businesses


Tools for success!

Sign Up for A Waste Assessment

Waste assessments provide actionable support for reducing your business waste. At no cost, we come to your business, learn the ins and outs of your unique needs, and share suggestions for practical waste-reduction and money-saving change.  We provide each participating business with quality information, a full waste assessment of customer facing and operational waste, a customized waste assessment action plan, and continued support for implementation. Sign up today to get scheduled or get in touch to learn more.

Composting for Businesses

Composting is an easy way to reduce waste and can save you money too! FoodPlus! is Whatcom County’s industrial composting program run by Sanitary Service Company (SSC) which collects your compostable waste alongside your normal trash service. Sustainable Connections can help implement composting by providing training, signage, resources, containers, promotion, and incentives. Learn how to be a waste champion at your business today with these 5 steps.

With FoodPlus! you can compost the following at your business:

  • Food waste, including meat, bones, and shells
  • Food soiled paper and cardboard
  • Compostable containers, cups, and utensils
  • Yard waste

Single-Use Plastics Ban

The City of Bellingham passed a single-use plastics ban that took effect on July 31, 2022 and adds to other state legislation aimed at reducing single-use plastics. The ban affects lodging, restaurants/bars/pubs, grocery, and catering. We have partnered with the City of Bellingham to help businesses operate the new legislation and remove single-use plastics from their operations.

Plan A Toward Zero Waste Event

Event and festival goers increasingly expect events to be managed in a sustainable manner, and we are here to help. Waste reduction is one of the most visible sustainable practices you can implement at your event. Done right, a successful Toward Zero Waste event will leave lasting positive impressions that you can use to increase your event promotion, marketing, and overall attendee satisfaction.

We provide consultation and resources are free of charge, and hands-on event support and volunteer recruitment at a sliding scale fee. Contact us today for complimentary consultation services, get in touch to learn more, or self-guide using our event planning toolkit.

Resources for your Business Needs


Get a deeper dive on how you can make your event or business toward zero waste friendly by checking out our Event, Contractor, Food Service, or Public School Toolkits.


The Compost, Landfill, Recycle, and Paper Towel posters are available for you to download on our resources page. Contact us if you would like printed posters delivered to you!

Contact Us

Not sure where to start? Give us a shout and we’ll help you out!

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Squatch to the Food Rescue
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Squatch get Food Donation
Squatch On the Lookout for Food Waste

Thank you to our program sponsors:

Lautenbach Industries
Sanitary Service Company
Mt. Baker Care Center & Summit Place Assisted Living
Gear Aid