This privacy policy was created in order to demonstrate Zero Waste Washington’s commitment to the privacy of our members and website users. It explains what types of information is collected by the Zero Waste Washington website, www.zerowastewashington.org, and how this information is used.



Personally identifiable information is information that identifies you, or data that can be combined with other information to identify or contact you. This includes (but is not limited to) your name, business or personal physical address, email address, and telephone number.

Zero Waste Washington collects personally identifiable information when you provide it to us, such as when you sign up for our e-newsletter, make a donation, register for an event, request information, or otherwise communicate with us. Some of these services require your contact details as a condition of use and when you interact with us or our website in this way, you are no longer anonymous. 

Email Addresses

Visitors to www.zerowastewashington.org who sign up to receive electronic communications voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name and email address). We use this information for specific, limited purposes. 

IP Addresses

We also collect non-personal data about each user’s IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our website, but such IP addresses are not associated with individual users.

Donation Information

When you make an online donation on www.zerowastewashington.org, we collect personal data such as your name, billing address, email address, and the amount of donation. We also collect (but do not retain) credit card numbers which are processed by a third-party payment vendor subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. 


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Zero Waste Washington collects certain information, which cannot be used to personally identify any user (“non-personal data”). Non-personal data ordinarily include aggregate, summary, or other anonymous data, and may include, by way of example, statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic like popularity of particular pages within our website or types of internet browsers used by the site’s visitors. 

Google Analytics

Zero Waste Washington uses Google Analytics to identify data points such as top content and traffic sources. Google Analytics tracks the following information through your visits to our website. The following data are anonymous and/or aggregated:

  • Demographics: age; gender
  • Interests
  • Geographic: language (settings in user’s browsers); location (city granularity)
  • User type: new or returning
  • Operating systems used by visitors
  • Browser: browser used; size; version
  • Device category

Our Google Analytics account does not grant us access to your personally identifiable information. Please see the following link for additional information. How Google Uses Information From Sites or Apps that Use Our Services


The Zero Waste Washington website uses “cookie” messages to automatically help provide better services. They remind us who you are and your preferences for our website based on what you have done and told us before. The “cookie” is placed in your computer and is read when you come back to our website. Cookies let us direct you to information and features you are particularly interested in. They also let us track usage on the Zero Waste Washington website, so we know which parts of our site are most popular. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your Web browser accordingly.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article on the website, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


If you provide your name and other personal information, we use this information to provide services such as communicating with our users, recruiting volunteers for community events, answering your requests, and processing donations. We also use both personal data and non-personal data when evaluating ways to improve our website and services. You may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease all communications from us. 

We will not share your personal information with or sell it to third-party marketers.

Our service partners

We may use the following third-party service providers named below to process and store your data:

We will not share your personal information with any other third-party unless we have your permission or the law requires us to.



Zero Waste Washington’s website is not designed to attract anyone under 13 and we never collect information through our website from those we know are under 13. If Zero Waste Washington becomes aware of having information about anyone under 13, we will promptly delete the information. 

If a parent or guardian has any questions or concerns about their child’s use of our site, we encourage the parent or guardian to contact us at info@zerowastewashington.org.

California Residents’ Privacy Rights

While we do not provide information to third-party marketers, if you reside in California (or elsewhere) and have provided your personally identifiable information to Zero Waste Washington, you may request information about Zero Waste Washington’s disclosures  of your personally identifiable information to our service providers, who are described above. Such requests must be submitted to Zero Waste Washington at info@zerowastewashington.org.

EU Residents

If you are visiting our website from outside the United States, please be aware that your information will be transferred to, stored and processed in the United States where our servers are located and our central database is operated. Please note that our website is hosted in the United States and is governed by United States law. If you choose to access our website, you do so on your own initiative and at your own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules, and regulations applicable in your jurisdiction. However, we strive to maintain and use data in a manner compliant with GDPR. By using our website, you consent to your information being transferred to our facilities and to the facilities of those third-parties with whom we share it as described in this Privacy Policy. If you are an EU Resident and have provided your personally identifiable information to Zero Waste Washington, you may request deletion of such information. These requests must be submitted to Zero Waste Washington at info@zerowastewashington.org.


Because Zero Waste Washington respects your privacy, we provide opportunities for you to indicate your preferences regarding communicating with you as well as how we use and/or disclose information collected about you from our website and services. You may opt-out through the MailChimp link at the bottom of our quarterly e-newsletters and other emails, or by emailing us directly at info@zerowastewashington.org.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you by emailing us directly at info@zerowastewashington.org. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and unauthorized alteration of personal data in Zero Waste Washington’s possession and control. We use our best efforts to ensure that all sensitive information provided by users will be encrypted with industry standard encryption techniques. 

Zero Waste Washington’s employees are granted limited access to your personal data as necessary to perform specific jobs and tasks (e.g., performing customer service).

Please be aware that, although we endeavor to provide reasonable security for information in our possession and control, no security system can protect against all potential security breaches. If you have any questions about our security measures, please contact by emailing us directly at info@zerowastewashington.org.


Our website may contain links to other websites, including those that may have their own posted policies regarding the collection and use of your personal information. Zero Waste Washington is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other websites and we encourage our users to read the privacy statements of every website before providing any personal information.

Articles on the Zero Waste Washington website site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We may amend this privacy policy from time to time. Should we change our privacy policy, the most recent dated change will be reflected on this posted document so that users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we will disclose it. Any such posted changes will be effective upon posting. Your continued use of our website after such notices are posted constitutes your assent to, and acceptance of, this policy, including all posted changes.

Updated as of September 30, 2020