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Zero Waste Commission


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The Commission is responsible for making recommendations on City solid waste policy and goals, including commercial and residential garbage and recycling services, budgets, and other decisions relating to solid waste in the City of Berkeley. In February 2006 the City Council changed the name of the Commission from Solid Waste Management Commission to the Zero Waste Commission and updated its duties to reflect Zero Waste goals.
Regular Meetings of the Zero Waste Commission:

4th Monday of every month (unless Monday falls on a holiday). 

Exceptions: The November 2021 meeting will be held on November 15, 2021. The Commission is on recess in August and December. 


Meetings are virtual until further notice.
Please check the community calendar to verify and to access the virtual meeting video link and phone call-in number.  

Communications to Berkeley boards, commissions or committees are public record and will become part of the City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website.  Please note: e-mail addresses, names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication to a City board, commission or committee, will become part of the public record.  If you do not want your e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S. Postal Service or in person to the secretary of the relevant board, commission or committee.  If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication.  Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission or committee for further information.

The Secretary of the commission is responsible for relaying all communications from the public to the members of the commission.  The Secretary’s contact information is listed below.

Heidi Obermeit
Public Works
(510) 981-6357
E-mail: hobermeit@CityofBerkeley.info

Mailing Address:
Zero Waste Commission
Heidi Obermeit, Secretary
City of Berkeley Zero Waste Division
1201 Second Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Enabling Legislation:
BMC Chapter 3.40 (1972)

For More Information:
Commission Vacancies  

Meeting Agendas & Minutes:
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2021 Agendas and Minutes: 
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 Regular Meetings  
Agenda Packet      Minutes   
 February 22, 2021  February 22,2021
 March 22, 2021  March 22,2021
 April 26, 2021  April 26, 2021
 May 24, 2021  May 24, 2021
 June 28, 2021  June 28, 2021
 July 26, 2021  July 26, 2021
 September 27, 2021  September 27, 2021
 October 25, 2021  October 25, 2021
 November 15, 2021  DRAFT November 15, 2021

Zero Waste Documents:

 Zero Waste Commission Work Plan 2018

 Attendee Summary of April 9, 2017 City of Berkeley Zero Waste Facilities Tour

 City of Berkeley Commercial Franchise Study Feb. 10, 2015

 2006 Berkeley Solid Waste Management Plan Update: Achieving 75% Diversion on the Road to Zero Waste


2015 Zero Waste Commission Strategic Plan Documents:

ZWC Commission Report Strategic Plan July 14, 2015

ZWC Role in Strategic Plan Process Discussion Notes October 14, 2014

DRAFT Zero Waste Goals and Process August 24, 2015

ZW Goal Definition Process August 24, 2015

Task List Assignment

DRAFT Sample Agenda September 4, 2015

Ruth Abbe ZW Goals December, 2015

Presentations & Reports:

2018 Zero Waste Division Metrics Presentation 11.25.19

Solid Waste & Recycling Transfer Station Feasibility Study Presentation to Council 11.5.19

Solid Waste & Recycling Transfer Station Feasibility Study Council Report 11.5.19 PART 1

Solid Waste & Recycling Transfer Station Feasibility Study Council Report 11.5.19 PART 2

Zero Waste Division Metrics Presentation 10.22.18

Zero Waste Division Budget Overview 10.22.18

Urban Ore 2017 Annual Report Presentation 3.26.18

Community Conservation Centers 2017 Annual Report Presentation 3.26.18

Ecology Center 2017 Annual Report Presentation 3.26.18

HF&H Rate Study Presentation Nov. 12, 2013 

 HF&H Rate Study Presentation Sept 23, 2013 

Refuse Fund Budget Presentation Oct 24, 2011  

Rate Subcommittee Presentation Aug 22, 2011

Ecology Center Recycling Report June 27, 2011

Community Conservation Centers Recycling Report June 27, 2011


Rethink Disposable Program Documents:

Case Studies: Businesses Reducing Single-Use Disposables:

      El Metate Case Study

      The Sacred Wheel Case Study

      Rene Rose Island Cuisine Case Study

Disposable Cups Infographic

Reducing Litter and Achieving Zero Waste by Charging for Take-Out Cups Survey

 Straws Infographic


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