Cal Zero Waste


Recent News

The Country's Greenest Academic Building 

Connie and Kevin Chou Hall of UC Berkeley Haas School of Business has become the greenest academic building in the country with the trifecta, being TRUE Platinum (Zero Waste) , LEED Platinum (Green Building), and WELL (health and well-being) Certified.  The Chou Hall Zero Waste Project also received a Best Practice Award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference on July 9, 2019 at UC Santa Barbara.  The building serves as a beacon example of how zero waste can be achieved!

Read more about this zero waste achievement here:



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. 

Manager, Cal Zero Waste: Lin King

Cal Zero Waste Newsletter Archive

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

Zero Waste Building

The Zero Waste Building Program implements the standardized system of landfill, recycling, and composting in campus buildings. Check this list to see if your building has been implemented.


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.