School Zero Waste Champion


On-site Zero Waste ‘Experts' To Answer Your Questions & Foster School Efforts 


School Zero Waste Champions are on-site Zero Waste ‘experts’ able to answer recycling, composting and reuse questions; supply useful, concrete information on ways to reduce school waste; and take the lead in implementing and promoting Zero Waste at their school.


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What is the program?
Program Goals
Resources - A variety of tools and ideas for Zero Waste Champions


School Zero Waste Champion Program

The School Zero Waste Champion program creates a Zero Waste Champion (stipend position) at each participating Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) school. The Zero Waste Champion takes the lead in implementing and promoting Zero Waste at their school. This includes outreach efforts and the carrying out of Zero Waste projects and campaigns. There are several specific duties and requirements of the position, outlined in the position description. Zero Waste Champions receive support from GreenWaste of Palo Alto and City staff to help them meet their Zero Waste goals. All of their activities must be coordinated with the Facility Administrator (charged with advancing waste reduction on campus per the Administrative Regulation 3511.1). The Zero Waste Champion must be a PAUSD employee at the school campus.

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Program Goals

Created to help schools improve their waste reduction and recycling/composting activities, the program’s goals are to:

  • Have an on-site Zero Waste ‘expert’ as a resource for the campus community
  • Increase understanding of and engagement in Zero Waste practices
  • Reduce waste
  • Improve sorting – reduce contamination

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The following resources are available to help School Zero Waste Champions in their efforts.


  Signs – Make sure all waste stations have proper signage. Posters and stickers are available from GreenWaste of Palo Alto, but you can make your own signs too. Choose whatever works best for your community. 

Monthly Waste Report – Qualitative review of the material in all three collection bins (recycle, compost, landfill): notice and report on trends seen throughout the month. Email Zero Waste Palo Alto for a link to the appropriate report form for your school. 

Lunch Monitors – Tips on how to coordinate a Lunch Monitor Program

 School Waste Audits – Tips on how to organize a School Waste Audit

 Zero Waste Lunch – Tips on how to host a Zero Waste Lunch Day

 Zero Waste Party Packs – Tips on how to create Zero Waste Party Packs

End-of-School Locker Clean Out Guide

Curriculum/Activity Resources:

Technical Assistance for schools in Palo Alto - GreenWaste of Palo Alto can help you with your efforts, call (650) 493-4894 or email

Technical Assistance for Escondido and Nixon - PSSI/Stanford Recycling can help you with your efforts, call (650) 321-4236 or email  


Questions about the program?
Contact Zero Waste Palo Alto at (650) 496-5910 or

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Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017