Why Zero Waste matters

Achieving Zero Waste plays a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It saves natural resources. Less waste means less plastic pollution and fewer toxic chemicals in our environment.

Our approach

We seek to make systematic changes that have lasting impact. This means we work on laws and programmatic changes rather than focusing on individual behavior change.


Zero Waste Washington drives policy change for a healthy and waste-free world.


We envision a just, equitable, and sustainable future where we all produce, consume, and reuse responsibly.


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Heather Trim – Executive Director

Ashley Whitley – Outreach and Policy Coordinator

Thea Hanner – Community Outreach Associate

Elisabeth Archer – Waste Reduction Strategist

Xenia Dolovova – Waste Reduction Program Manager

Kami Bruner – Waste Reduction Project Coordinator

Tracey Youngerman – Finance & Operations Manager

Nicolás Díaz – Waste Reduction Strategist

Jesse Lindsay – Community Outreach Associate

Nathan Jackson – Communications Strategist

Mariel Fernandez Thuraisingham  – Zero Waste Strategist

Bruce Wishart – State Lobbyist


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Todd Carey – Treasurer

Tere Carral

Steve Gilbert

Moji Igun

Hannah Johnson – Vice Chair

Teresa Jones

Kyle Loring

Patty Liu

Marie Novak – Co-Secretary

Tristen Pamphlet Gardner

Shirlee Tan

Sally Wolf – Chair