Instructions: To obtain your Zero Waste & Sustainable Purchasing badge, it is recommended that you complete the following by February 6, 2023.
  • 1 Prerequisite
  • 2 Actions
  • 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.   

Actions Key:

  • On campus event  

  • Virtual event 

  • Home life 

  • Renter-friendly 

  • Misc 


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 (at the beginning of the submission form). 

Choose at Least Two of the Following Actions: 

Recycle Action 1: Volunteer at A Zero Waste Athletics Basketball Game (Jan 21)

Description: Volunteer with the sustainable clubs as they recycle aluminum cans, and plastic bottles at basketball games. To volunteer for this event, sign-up through the Givepulse link here, or email: for more information.

Time Commitment: 3

Required Documentation: Take a photo of yourself volunteering.


Reuse Action 2: Donate or Volunteer at The Free Swap (Jan. 25 & 26)

Description: Attend the 2023 Free Swap hosted by the Sustainable Clubs in the Union Ballroom this January from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. This event will be a two-day long event with plenty of volunteer opportunities, bring items to donate on the 25th, and/or pick up some secondhand treasures on the 26th!

To volunteer for this event, sign-up through the Givepulse link here, or email: for more information.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes

Required Documentation: Take a photo of yourself at the free swap.


Recycle Action 3: 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: 20 minutes (setting up your recycling bin service)

Required Documentation: Take a photo of your full recycling bin.


Reduce Action 4: Volunteer With The Food Recovery Network

Description: Volunteer with the Food Recovery Network(FRN) for food recoveries on Tuesdays & Fridays from 8:30 am- 10:15 am. 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 here, or email for more information.

Time Commitment: 2 hours (varies by food recovery)

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


Reduce Action 5: 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.

For example, the Sustainability office is partnering with WSU's catering service; Sodexo so you can buy a reusable clamshell container from any Sodexo location in the Shepherd Union for a discounted price. The reusable containers are offered to students, faculty, and staff for $3 instead of the original price of $6. Supplies are limited, so get them while they are in stock.

Time Commitment: varies

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


Reduce Action 6: Reduce Your Junk Mail

Description: Opt out of junk mail through to reduce unwanted paper waste. 

Time Commitment: 7 minutes

Required Documentation: Screenshot the submission confirmation page.


Recycle Action 7: Buy at Least One Item From a Local Thrift Store

Description: Go to your favorite thrift store and pick up a second-hand treasure. You can purchase anything from furniture to clothes, and everything in between.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes 

Required Documentation: Take a photo of your favorite thrift store finds.


Recycle Action 8: 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: 3 hours

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


Recycle Action 9: Start Composting

Description: Start composting at home using this Composting Workshop guide created by the WSU Sustainable Club past Community Garden President, Cayden Quayle. Composting is a great way to divert your food waste and give it a new purpose. For more helpful tips, visit Worm Tea Composting Guide, and A Guide to a Sustainable Garden and Kitchen for more information.

Time Commitment: 1 hour

Required Documentation: Take a photo of your compost bin setup.


Recycle Action 10: Switch at Least One School or Office Supply to Recycled Content, Reusable Products, or Eco-labeled Products.

Description:  Swap disposable products for recycled content, reusable products, or eco-labeled products. Switch something like one-time-use pens to reusable products such as refillable fountain pens. You can also purchase eco-labeled supplies, or replace paper school and office supplies with 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Content paper.

Time Commitment: 20 minutes or less (shopping time) 

Required Documentation: Take a photo of your eco-friendly office or school supplies (don't forget to use a reusable bag).


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





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