U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) is an outgrowth of the work done by the Earth Resource Foundation (ERF), GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN), and the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) to identify and support Zero Waste Businesses. Since the late 1990s, GRRN has organized presentations by Zero Waste Businesses at national conferences and highlighted on its website examples of Zero Waste Businesses. GRRN developed Zero Waste Business Principles that were subsequently adopted by ZWIA worldwide.
Since 2005, ERF organized the only conferences in the U.S. that focused solely on Zero Waste Businesses. Over the past 3 years, ERF has researched model certification programs and business models to evaluate how best to develop a third party certification system for Zero Waste Businesses in the U.S.
In 2011, ZWIA organized a Certification Committee to evaluate how to develop certification programs for Zero Waste Communities, Businesses, Facilities, Events, Service Providers, Training Programs and Professionals. In February 2012, ZWIA adopted a Zero Waste Business Recognition Program to establish international standards for recognizing those businesses that divert 90% of their discarded materials from landfills and incinerators. In February 2012, GRRN was approved as the National Affiliate for the ZWIA Zero Waste Business Recognition Program in the U.S. GRRN will be working closely with USZWBC to implement that program.
USZWBC began in October 2011 and received approval as a California Public Benefit Corporation in January of 2012. USZWBC filed for its IRS 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status and that application is pending.
USZWBC is seeking Founding Business Members to assist USZWBC to become the Zero Waste standard for businesses. USZWBC is working to build an exceptional team of Board Members, Founding Business Members, and Zero Waste experts.