Zero Waste Communities

Many communities in California have zero waste goals, plans, and policies. Whether you are just beginning your zero waste journey or are looking to fine tune your programs, below are some helpful links to resources and organizations that can help you achieve your zero waste goal.

Communities with Zero Waste Plans or Resolutions

How are cities and counties moving toward zero waste? A number of local jurisdictions in California have implemented zero waste programs or passed resolutions related to zero waste. CalRecycle has compiled this information in an effort to increase knowledge about zero waste efforts in California and to facilitate collaboration among cities and counties.

Note: If you require accommodation to access documents on this page pursuant to California accessibility requirements, please contact the city or county listed. In the case of Del Norte County, please contact CalRecycle’s Office of Public Affairs at or (916) 341-6300.

Communities Educating on Zero Waste or Working Toward a Plan

Zero Waste Community Tools and Resources

  • Eco-Cycle Solutions “Community Zero Waste Roadmap”
    “Our Community Zero Waste Roadmap is your step-by-step guide to creating a plan that’s right for your community. Whether you’re ready to move an inch or a mile, we can help you find your way and connect you with others on the path…”
  • U.S. EPA’s “Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool”
    “The Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool features a table of 100 measures communities can employ to reduce waste and recover materials. By using interactive functions (sorting, searching and/or filtering), local planners can explore best practices in the form of ordinances, policies, programs, contracts, outreach & technical assistance, and infrastructure development, with the objective of creating a list of strategies tailored to their community’s needs and capabilities…”
  • CalRecycle’s Waste Characterization Tool
    CalRecycle conducts periodic waste characterization studies to better understand the types and amounts of materials disposed in and diverted from California’s waste stream. Use the tool below to view waste characterization estimates for a selected California jurisdiction(s) based upon statewide study data combined with local employment and population data. Residential data provides disposal stream data, while commercial sector data includes both disposal and diversion streams data.

Zero Waste Community Case Studies

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