Zero Waste Humboldt is the only organization on California’s northwest corner that specializes solely on waste reduction solutions. Inspired by the Redwood Coast’s natural beauty and cultures, we educate the public, provide technical assistance and training, and advocate for sustainable materials management and Zero Waste policies. Our sense of urgency to conserve natural resources and fight climate change drives Zero Waste Humboldt to target all single use and wasteful products and packaging with proactive waste prevention strategies. Our public education campaigns create behavior change — not “green marketing happy talk.”


Our top priority is to implement proactive waste prevention strategies to reduce waste generated in the first place. Recycling-based economic development in Humboldt County is essential to our mission. In addition, helping local businesses integrate recyclable materials into their production processes creates the Circular Economy that we strive for.


ZWH introduced the Zero Waste Movement to Humboldt County in 2011 and incorporated into a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2014. ZWH is governed by a board of directors who reside in different Humboldt communities and have various experience in waste reduction practices, education, and nonprofit management.

ZWH accomplishes much of its work with a small staff, growing network of partner organizations, and more than 50 regular trained volunteers. The non-profit also serves as a work site for Cal Poly Humboldt student internships, work-study employees, community service-learning projects, senior capstone projects, and graduate student research.

ZWH honors Humboldt businesses and community members who are exemplary models of a successful commitment to zero waste in an annual Zero Heroes Night celebration.


Ben Winker
Ben WinkerPresident
Reed Parsons
Reed ParsonsVice President
Vicente Zavala
Vicente ZavalaTreasurer
Krista Miller
Krista MillerBoard Member
Chez Moran
Chez MoranSecretary
Layla Richardson
Layla RichardsonExecutive Director / Board Member



Mail Address: PO Box 293 Arcata, CA 95518