Cal Zero Waste


Recent News

Cal wins fourth-straight Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge, presented by Eco-Products, for 2019-20 basketball season (Click for PAC-12 Press Release)

Cal has once again claimed the champion position in the 2019-2020 PAC-12 Zero Waste Challenge. The Challenge happened on Saturday February 29, 2020 during the Men's Basketball game against Utah.  Thank you to everyone who participated in achieving and continue the winning streak at Cal!



University of California, Berkeley, leads the way with country’s strongest single-use plastic ban

Today, UC Berkeley announced a commitment to the strongest plastic ban in the country, to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastic by 2030. The commitment goes above and beyond by including plastic that may not currently have alternatives. This will push for upstream solutions and work to change products and packaging over the next decade. 

You can read more about the commitment on the CALPIRG Press Release here as well as on our UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability website.

You can also take a look at the details of the UC Berkeley plastics ban commitment signed by Chancellor Carol T. Christ here.

President Napolitano also recognized the UC Berkeley single use plastic ban achievement in her April newsletter.


Cal Zero Waste manages over 25 tons of solid waste that move through the campus daily and is committed to expanding recycling and composting programs while providing effective refuse collection services. 

Our office offers recycling, composting and refuse pickup, debris box ordering, and porta-potty placement. To operate these programs, Cal Zero Waste works with various other campus entities such as Custodial Services for indoor waste and recycling collection and Grounds Operations for greenwaste and plant debris services. 

Our staff consists of a Zero Waste Manager, a Zero Waste Operations Supervisor, a Zero Waste Operations Coordinator, two Zero Waste Specialists, and Truck Drivers. We also employ a team part time student staff responsible for education and outreach programs, waste reduction projects, and building assessments.

We coordinate the recycling efforts for mixed paper, cans and bottles, greenwaste and wood, food waste, toner cartridges, and mixed metal. We are also a resource for general information on waste prevention and disposal, material reuse and recycling, and sustainable and environmentally preferred products. 

For more information about zero waste at UC Berkeley, click here to read UC Berkeley's 2019 Zero Waste Plan.

Manager, Cal Zero Waste: Lin King

Zero Waste Building Program 2020

The Zero Waste Building Program implements the standardized system of landfill, recycling, and composting in campus buildings. Click here to see the 2020 program and when your building will be transitioned to a Zero Waste Building.


Cal Zero Waste manages a number of programs that target the reduction of waste generated at UC Berkeley to get the campus to zero waste by 2020. .

Education and Promotion

Educational training and promotion is a key component to getting UC Berkeley to its zero waste by 2020 goal. Cal Zero Waste maintains a number of education programs that provide educational training and information to the campus community, including students, prospective students, staff, faculty and visitors.

Cal Zero Waste Newsletter Archive

Check out past issues of our monthly newsletter! Contains event summaries, photos, and zero waste tips.