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Founding Members of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council

For joining in the initial membership year of 2013, all of these organizations are recognized as Founding Members of USZWBC.


Austin Resource Recovery


Austin, Texas is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040 or sooner. Austin Resource Recovery, a City of Austin department, provides many services to help Austin achieve Zero Waste, including residential curbside collection of recycling, trash and yard trimmings. The department also offers free consulting services to help Austin businesses reduce waste and comply with the City’s recycling ordinances.

Aiden Cohen,, (512) 974-1929,


City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

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The City of Los Angeles has a goal to achieve Zero Waste by 2025, and leads the largest cities in the nation by currently diverting over 76% of its waste from landfills. The Bureau of Sanitation provides an extensive residential curbside recycling program, and has adopted a commercial exclusive franchise ordinance to increase recycling within the commercial and multi-family sector. Promoting education, participation and overall sustainability are essential elements towards meeting the City’s Zero Waste goal.
Reina Pereira,, (213) 485-3296, 


CR&R Inc.


CR&R Environmental Services is a family-owned and operated company with over 50 years experience in integrated solid waste services in Orange County, California. CR&R is a diversion-based company with recycling, not disposal, as our core business focus. Through innovation, strategic planning, and industry insight, CR&R Environmental Services has helped revolutionize local recycling and the focus on sustainability and green practices — long before those concepts were popularized.

Maria Lazaruk, Senior Public Relations,,


Raytheon Company

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At Raytheon, sustainability is a shared responsibility. Our sustainability program seeks to protect our environment and conserve natural resources by engaging our employees, customers, suppliers and communities. Focus areas include energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, design for sustainability, eco-friendly supply chain, and environmental stewardship.

Brian Balukonis, Brian_J_Balukonis@raytheon.com


Recology Los Angeles

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Recology Los Angeles sees a World without Waste.
We serve over 16,000 customers in the greater Los Angeles area. We partner with local organizations to ensure landfill diversion goals are met and to recover reusable resources that were once bound for the trash.
Josie Kalbakian,, 8186402407,


Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. set out with a simple goal: brew the beers they wanted to drink. Fueled by a passion for beer and a founding commitment to environmental stewardship, Sierra Nevada’s award-winning brews pioneered the craft brewing industry and has gone on to lead the way in sustainable business practices. With a focus on Zero Waste and a closed-loop approach, the company creatively diverts 99.8% of materials from landfill.

Cheri Chastain,, ( 530) 893-3520, 

Toyota North America

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Toyota North America includes the 14 manufacturing plants, 24 distribution centers, and many office operations of corporate Toyota in North America. Our goal is to be a role model for environmental performance in North America by sharing our expertise in topics like waste reduction.




USAgain (pronounced “use-again”) is a green for-profit company that collects surplus textiles and resells them in the U.S. and abroad, effectively diverting millions of pounds of clothing from landfills, saving natural resources, and generating new revenue streams for U.S. businesses and non-profits, and fueling local economies in emerging countries.

Mattias Wallander,


The Walt Disney Company, Corporate Citizenship

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The Walt Disney Company has a long-term vision of achieving Zero Waste. Meeting that goal will require minimizing waste, increasing and improving recycling and other disposal mitigation programs, and sourcing high-recycled content and highly recyclable products. We know we cannot meet this goal alone, so we will continue to partner with, engage, and educate our guests and consumers along our journey to achieving Zero Waste.
Marialyce Pederson,



American Licorice Company

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American Licorice Company, established in 1914, manufactures Red Vines®, Snaps®, Sour Punch®, and Super Ropes® candy.  We are committed to reaching Zero Waste to landfill by 2016.
(541) 617-0800, 


Cal Recycle (California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery)

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CalRecycle is the state’s leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California’s vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability.


Clean City

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Earth Friendly Products


Earth Friendly Products, a pioneer in the manufacturing of green household and commercial cleaning products with roots dating back to 1967 as Venus Labs has undertaken the role to create green products in the most environmentally friendly manner. At Earth Friendly Products we aim to fulfill obligations to sustainability leadership by supporting activities which contribute to environmental and social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment. Our sustainability guides aim to introduce programs by promoting reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and Zero Waste to landfill.

Nadereh Afsharmanesh,, (714) 891-3100,

Gary Liss & Associates


Heritage Interactive Services

Heritage Logo Heritage is a family-owned organization bringing innovative ideas and technologies to the forefront of sustainability for over 45 years.  Heritage pioneered the concept of comprehensive by-product management and assists its North American customers in becoming leaders within their respective industries through Zero Waste to landfill programs and the value and marketability these programs provide.

Kurt Wirgau,, 317-340-0513,

Kellogg Garden Products

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A 3rd Generation family-owned company that sells a variety of Certified Organic mulches, compost, and fertilizers from Canada to Mexico and Hawaii to Utah, primarily through retail garden centers.

Kathy Kellogg-Johnson,, (310) 952-5019,

Rubicon Global

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Rubicon Global is the Global leading provider of sustainable, cloud-based waste and recycling solutions. Through Rubicon Global’s innovative platform, companies can reduce operating expenses, divert waste from landfills, track key metrics and work towards long-term sustainability goals.
Ashby Addiss,, (678) 975-3668,



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  Orange Coast College  True Stream   Synergis Zero Waste Group  Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles  Steel Recycling Institute

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ecco Logo      Harvard Maint      Urban Ore   Marin Sanitary Service

JT Environmental Logo  Zero Waste Company  Used Cardboard Boxes UCI Zero Waste    eco evolutions logo    Albertsons Logo

Ware Disposal logo  Mobius Network  City Durango Logo  American Family Insurance  Ecosafe Zero Waste

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