Zero Waste Facility Certification

About the Program

Zero Waste Canada’s Zero Waste Facility Certification program is formally recognized by the Zero Waste International Alliance. The program is open to any facility seeking to work in the direction of Zero Waste, regardless of size, location or current levels of performance.


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As a facility works towards certification, they may be formally recognized by Zero Waste Canada with ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition status




ZERO WASTE FACILITY CERTIFICATION is comprised of three distinct levels of performance; SILVER, GOLD and PLATINUM

Zero Waste Canada believes that Zero Waste is a journey.

A journey along which we are always supportive, yet never satisfied.

While we recognize that Zero Waste is not about being perfect, we know that Zero Waste is about continuously striving for improvement.

By establishing Zero Waste as our direction, we open the door to valuable opportunities that extend well beyond waste reduction.

This program has been designed as a logical progression, where the criteria at each level represent a stepping stone towards the next.

Precisely because we believe that Zero Waste is the journey more than the destination.

We periodically review our program criteria, because we ourselves are continuously striving for improvement, and encourage

widespread participation to further Zero Waste policies and practices across Canada.


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Who Gets Certified and Why?

Any facility may work towards implementing Zero Waste policies and practices.

Here are our most commonly encountered motives for embarking upon the Zero Waste journey.

  • Industry Leadership: “We want to be the first to set this standard of performance within our industry.”
  • Mission & Vision Alignment: “We want to align our own operations with our mission, vision and values as an organization.”
  • Talent Attraction: “Working in a competitive environment, we want more ways to attract talent, and keep that talent in-house.”
  • Brand Equity & Culture: “We want to establish a unique, values based relationship with everyone who walks into our facility.”
  • Network: “We want to grow our network and be part of the Zero Waste community.”
  • Operational Framework: “We want a structured framework that will guide us towards improvement and efficiency in measurable ways.”
  • Risk Management: “We want to have more control over our supply chain, to be prepared to meet increasing public expectations and forthcoming regulatory changes.”


Zero Waste is ultimately about much more than just waste, which means the value of Zero Waste extends far beyond environmental and operational benefits.

Facilities going through the program may expect a wide range of outcomes, some of which are outlined below:

  • Environmental: achieving internationally recognized standards for Zero Waste.
  • Economic: uncovering opportunities for avoided costs via product re-use policies, material substitution, waste hauling fees and purchasing expenses.
  • People & Culture: redefining the role and value of employees as educators when communicating with colleagues, suppliers, investors, partners and patrons alike.
  • Impact Measurement: achieving a superior understanding of the financial, environmental and social impact of your resource use via an internal system of metrics and feedback.
  • Brand Equity: authorization to formally feature Zero Waste Canada’s ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE facility badge, and ultimately, its ZERO WASTE CERTIFIED facility badge.
  • Credibility: achieving formal recognition of Zero Waste efforts by Zero Waste Canada.
  • Customer Experience: establishing a unique, values based relationship with customers.
  • Exposure: name and website featured across all Zero Waste Canada channels of communication, certifying the achievement of ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition or ZERO WASTE CERTIFICATION (including website, social media, newsletters, educational materials, media appearances, nation-wide chapter meetings, public and private presentations and outreach).
  • Media: dedicated press release on behalf of Zero Waste Canada.
  • Membership: Zero Waste Canada Business Membership.

Program Fees

Zero Waste Canada’s Zero Waste Facility Certification program fees consist of:

1.  an initial application fee

2. an annual renewal fee

The outlined program fees cover all associated administrative costs for Zero Waste Canada to review submitted documentation, and determine facility eligibility for Zero Waste recognition and certification.

Getting Started


Purchase the Guide

Click and send an e-mail to Request Zero Waste Canada’s Zero Waste Facility Certification Guide, outlining the criteria to be met.


Contact a Zero Waste Associate

Get in touch with a Zero Waste professional to help you embark upon the journey to Zero Waste Certification.

Initial Application

Submit an application to Zero Waste Canada for ON THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE recognition.

Certification Application

Submit an application to Zero Waste Canada for ZERO WASTE CERTIFICATION.

Zero Waste business of facility recognition/ certification does not constitute endorsement of any specific commercial product, process, or service provided by the recognized/certified business or facility.

Zero Waste Canada reserves the right to deny certification where business models going against Zero Waste principles are encountered.