Zero Waste

Instructions: To obtain your Zero Waste badge, it is recommended that you complete the following by December 1, 2024.

  • Complete Prerequisite

  • Complete 2 Actions of your choosing

  • Submit Form

**Only submit the form once you have completed all of your actions. Remember, you only have to complete the prerequisite and 2 additional actions of your choosing. You do not have to complete all of the actions to earn your badge.   

Submit Form Here


Prerequisite Action: Watch the Recycling & Waste Education Video and Complete Quiz

Description: Watch this recycling education video to learn how to utilize the terms rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle on the Weber States campus'. Follow up with a short Google Form quiz which is located at the beginning of the submittal form.

Time Commitment: 10 minutes

Required Documentation: Complete the  quiz. 

Choose at Least Two of the Following Actions: 

Action 1: Attend the Zero Waste Lunch and Learn (TBD)

Description: Join the Energy and Sustainability office for the Zero Waste Lunch and Learn from 1:00-2:00 in the Stewart Libary Hetzel-Hoellein Room (Li-321)! Learn about recycling at WSU, sustainable purchasing, and how you can make a difference on campus and in your personal life. Food will be provided! Please RSVP. 

Time Commitment: 1 hour 

Required Documentation: Write 3-4 sentences about what you learned and at least one change you can make.


Action 2: Volunteer at a Zero Waste Athletics Football Game (TDB)

Description: Attend the WSU vs xxx football game on TBD and help Wildcats go Zero Waste! Volunteer with the sustainable clubs to help recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles throughout the game. To volunteer for this event, sign-up through GivePulse.

Time Commitment: 3 hours

Required Documentation: Take a photo of yourself volunteering.


Action 3: TBD

Description: TBD

Time Commitment: TBD

Required Documentation: TBD


Action 4: TBD

Description: TBD

Time Commitment: TBD

Required Documentation: TBD


Action 5: Volunteer With The Food Recovery Network

Description: Volunteer with the Food Recovery Network(FRN) for food recoveries on TBD. Pack up surplus food from dining services, and deliver it to either the Lantern House or the Weber Cares Food Pantry. 

To volunteer with the food recovery network, sign-up through Givepulse TBD.

Time Commitment: 2 hours (varies by food recovery)

Required Documentation: Upload a photo of yourself during a food recovery.


Action 6: Start Recycling at Home

Description: Start recycling at home. If you already recycle, start recycling an item that you don't currently recycle such as glass or a hard-to-recycle item through TerraCycle. Community glass recycling is available in the Dee Event Center parking lot. 

Time Commitment: varies

Required Documentation: Write 3-4 sentences about what you decided to recycle and why.


Action 7: Change a Disposable Habit

Description: Identify a disposable product you regularly use (water bottle, grocery bag, toothbrush, utensils, take-out containers) and replace it with a reusable alternative.

Time Commitment: varies

Required Documentation: Take a photo of yourself using your reusable replacement.


Action 8: Buy in bulk

Description: Reduce plastic waste by bringing your own bags or jars to fill up on your household staples. You should be able to buy in bulk at your local grocery stores such as Winco, Natural Grocers, and Whole Foods Market. There is a store called Hello Bulk Barkets in Salt Lake where you can get a variety of baking, household cleaning, and body care items in bulk. You can also buy from another Utah company called Fosters Refillery. Learn more about the benefits of buying in bulk here.

Time Commitment: varies

Required Documentation: Submit a photo of an item you decided to buy in bulk. 


Action 9: Choose Something to Upcycle

Description: Select a disposable item from your home (empty jars, old clothes, etc) or an item from a thrift store (furniture, decor, etc) and turn it into something new! Thrift flips upgrade existing items to look brand new or serve a new purpose. Find UpCycle ideas here

Time Commitment: varies

Required Documentation: Take before and after photos of your upcycle project.


Innovation Action:

Description: Innovative actions are welcome, but please email for approval before submitting this as one of your actions. 

Time Commitment: varies

Required Documentation: varies