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8 Ways to ZeroTrash

March 30, 2009

Many of you have been contacting us about taking personal responsibility for the environment and it’s great to see.  We get a lot of questions from people who want to reduce their environmental footprint but are not quite sure how. To help out, we’ve put together a list of 8 simple ways we can all cut down on waste by learning how NOT to use our trash cans.

The Waste Lifecycle

  1. Recycle. Baby, don’t throw it all away. Up to 70% of materials routinely disposed of in landfills could be recycled instead. Visit the National Recycling Coalition for more info.
  2. Compost. Every year we each throw away about 1200 lbs of organic garbage that could be turned back into sweet, sweet soil just by digging a hole, covering it with a lid, throwing your yard trimmings/food scraps in it and letting the worms do their thing. Don’t have a place to dig a hole? Check out how apartment dwellers do it in NY.
  3. If you smoke, properly dispose of your cigarette butts. A lot of people think butts are biodegradable. Not so much. When these acetate (plastic) filters are thrown on the ground, their final destination is typically our waterways; where they stay for hundreds of years releasing toxic chemicals into our drinking water and destroying aquatic ecosystems.
  4. Join the fight against single-use plastic bags.  One million plastic shopping bags are used every minute. They’re awful. They hang around indefinitely and break down until they become small enough to seep into our ground water (and our bodies). They also have a tendency to find their way into the ocean, killing all sorts of marine life.
  5. Buy sustainable. Change will come from us as consumers creating a greater demand for things like Biodegradable trash bags and products made from recycled materials.
  6. We need to address our drinking problem. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour. Most of them are tossed in the trash. We also throw away 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year. Find out more about the problems of single-use plastics at Rise Above Plastics
  7. Take your old appliances, clothes, furniture, etc. to a thrift store instead of throwing them in the trash. Give your stuff a chance to be reused.
  8. When see trash lying around – don’t walk past it!? Pick it up!

By making a few simple changes we can all do our part to keep trash out of our city streets, landfills and waterways. Keep up the good work ZT Heroes!


1st Saturday Results

March 9, 2009


The ZeroTrash Laguna gang at Brooks

The ZeroTrash Laguna gang at Brooks

Thank you to everyone who came out for ZeroTrash Laguna’s 1st Saturday this past this weekend. We broke all kinds of records.. by far our biggest turnout to date. Thalia and Hobie both saw HUGE bumps in participation. Here are the results just sent over by Waste Management of Orange County:


RECYCLING: 610 lbs
TRASH: 418 lbs (Let’s continue to lower this number by correctly separating. Don’t forget, the goal is ZeroTrash)

For those of you who couldn’t make it this time, we’re already planning the next 1st Saturday on April 4. Please note that we’ll be pushing back the time to 10am from here forward. We would also like to welcome La Sirena (30862 South Coast Hwy) and El Ranchito (at Cress Street) to the ZTL lineup.

Nice work everybody! Stay tuned for our feature on composting later this week.

1st Saturday

March 1, 2009

1st Saturday

Join us this Saturday, March 7, for our 1st Saturday trash pickup in Laguna Beach. What is 1st Saturday? It is the cornerstone of the ZeroTrash movement; a monthly event bringing together local resident adopters and small businesses to pick up their city streets… and have a little fun in the process.

If you’re new to ZeroTrash or a salty vet, come out and show your support this Saturday. You can swing by one of the following locations at 8am to pick up your ZeroTrash t-shirt and trash picker:

Hobie Surf Shop: 294 Forest Ave

Thalia Street Surf Shop: 903 S Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach High School: The marquee at

Brooks Street: at the beach access

Yoga Works: 30818 Coast Hwy

We invite you all to stick around after the pickup to show your support for our founding chapter, ZeroTrash Laguna, by walking with us in the parade.

See you there!