In collaboration with the National Recycling Coalition's Campus Council 

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College and University Recycling Coalition 

CURC supports collegiate recycling programs through technical assistance, education, and training. They organize and host a Webinar series, hold one regional workshop and one national workshop, publish a quarterly newsletter, develop best-practices manuals and toolkits and help connect members through an active email listserv (RECYC-L) and through informal gatherings in conjunction with state and national conferences.  CURC also partners with innovative programs such as the RecycleMania® Tournament and the Game Day Challenge. Click here.

National Recycling Coalition Campus Council

The NRC’s Campus Council enables collaboration between higher ed and the sustainable materials management industry.   The Council offers scholarships, hosts a network of young professionals, maintains an internship program and a speakers bureau, and advances applied research and development centers.  The Council supports the National Standards Certification Board (NSCB) to accredit certification programs run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges.  The Campus Council also advocates for higher education in the National Action Plan for Sustainable Materials Management. Click here.

Post-Landfill Action Network

PLAN is a national network of student leaders working to end the cycle of waste in their campus communities.  By joining PLAN, your campus group gets access to a variety of support, discounts, and other resources. Click here.

The group also coordinates an annual conference

Solid Waste Association of North America : Young Professionals

SWANA’s group for individuals in the solid waste industry 35 or younger. They offer networking opportunities at events, conferences, webinars, and resources.  SWANA’s National Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC) is a student team competition to solve a “real world” problem faced by solid waste professionals. Click here.

US Composting Council
Young Investigator Scholarship

The goal of the Young Investigator Scholarship is to bring attention to emerging young professionals in the field of compost research and to spark interest in the future of the composting industry.  Recipient of the scholarship will be awarded funds to support their research and education. The recipient will be invited to display a research posted at the USCC Conference. If the deadline for this year has already passed, click here to find out the next scholarship deadline and more information about the US Composting Council.

US Zero Waste Business Council 

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and its campus group are creating campus-specific programs for certifying campus facilities that meets the Zero Waste Principles of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA).  Click here.

Zero Waste Youth USA
Zero Waste Youth is a youth-led movement that gathers those who believe in a world without waste. They disseminate and apply Zero Waste principles, promote Zero Waste practices and empower youth through learning, vision building and actions in order to redefine what we consider “waste”. 

National Reuse Alliance

The National Reuse Alliance focuses on different ways businesses and individuals can reuse material goods in order to scale back the amount of waste we create.

Building Materials Reuse Association

The BMRA website is a 501 c3 non-profit educational and research organization whose mission is to advance the recovery, reuse and recycling of building materials. Their mission statement is to:

  • Reduce the consumption of new resources
  • Reduce landfill waste and pollution
  • Create value-added markets and increase cost-effectiveness
  • Expand job opportunities and workforce development skills
  • Promote the sustainability of communities and the environment through resource preservation


TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.

Urban Ore

Urban Ore is a business that aims to "end the age of waste". Included on their website is a list of zero waste resources, including policy analysis and planning, salvage operations, consulting, science, and facility design.

List of hyperlinks to state agencies compiled by Raymond Communications, 2016

Alabama- Department of Environmental Management

Alaska- Department of Environmental Conservation

Arizona- Department of Environmental Quality

Arkansas- Department of Environmental Quality

California-Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

Department of Toxic Substances Control

Colorado-Department of Public Health and Environment

Connecticut-Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Delaware-Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Florida-Department of Environmental Protection

Georgia-Department of Natural Resources

Hawaii-Department of Health

Idaho- Department of Environmental Quality

Illinois - Environmental Protection Agency

Indiana-Department of Environmental Management

Iowa-Department of Natural Resources

Kansas-Department of Health and Environment

Kentucky- Department for Environmental Protection

Louisiana - Department of Environmental Quality

Maine-Department of Environmental Protection

Maryland-Department of the Environment

Massachusetts - Department of Environmental Protection

Michigan - Department of Environmental Quality

Minnesota - Pollution Control Agency

Mississippi- Department of Environmental Quality

Missouri- Department of Natural Resources

Montana- Department of Environmental Quality

Nebraska-Department of Environmental Quality

Nevada- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

New Hampshire- Department of Environmental Services

New Jersey- Department of Environmental Protection

New York- Department of Environmental Conservation

North Carolina- Department of Environment and Natural Resources

North Dakota- Department of Health

Ohio - Environmental Protection Agency

Oklahoma - Department of Environmental Quality

Pennsylvania- Department of Environmental Protection

Rhode Island- Department of Environmental Management

South Carolina- Department of Health and Environmental Protection

South Dakota- Department of Environmental and Natural Resources

Tennessee- Department of Environment and Conservation

Texas - Commission on Environmental Quality

Utah- Department of Environmental Quality

Vermont- Department of Environmental Conservation

Virginia- Department of Environmental Quality

Washington- Department of Ecology

West Virginia- Department of Environmental Protection

Wisconsin- Department of Natural Resources

Wyoming - Department of Environmental Quality


Eco-Cycle is one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the USA and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation.

EnviroCitizen strives to deliver everything you could possibly want that's green along with tons of information, complemented by a strong sense of community. It is our hope that you will always check first when searching for anything green.

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 650 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.

Grassroots Recycling Network

"GRRN is a national network of waste reduction activists and recycling professionals. We set ambitious standards for Zero Waste goals and policies. We provide opportunities for on-going meaningful participation in campaigns and build coalitions to achieve zero waste policies, businesses and communities. We have a valuable website and an active email listserve (called GreenYes) of many hundreds of knowledgeable experts in both downstream recovery and upstream clean production issues."

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership.

Los Angeles ZW Challenge

The city of Los Angeles is working with stakeholders from all around the city to develop the guiding principles for the city’s Zero Waste Plan. While we plan the city’s zero waste future, we know that there is so much we can do individually to reduce waste where we live, work and play.

US Zero Waste Business Council

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council mission is to educate, inform and document the performance of Zero Waste Businesses using scientific methods to help businesses and communities become more healthy and sustainable.


Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI) is a global network of creative minds, seeking solutions to the ever increasing problems of the world. The members take on challenges others would consider impossible or too complex. Starting from ideas, based on science, the common vision shared by each and every member of the ZERI network is to seek sustainable solutions for society, from unreached communities to corporations inspired by nature's design principles. Innovative solutions are constantly designed by the ZERI teams drawn from many walks of life and expertise.

ZW Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is a grassroots organization, built on the efforts of a lot of people working together to protect the environment and create a more sustainable future.