The Zero Litter Project takes a service learning approach to leverage the creativity, passion, and leadership of today’s youth toward a healthier watershed. Students partner with school districts, municipalities, local organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens to collect data and employ strategies that reduce litter sources, raise community awareness, and complete direct litter pick-ups to keep litter out of waterways.

zerolitter logo the Zerolitter team

#ZeroLitter @AmericanHS Fights #BottleTrash EarthTeam interns at American H.S. have been hard at work to address the #1 category of trash at their school: materials associated with disposable water bottles. Check out their journey to reduce #bottletrash on their campus.

zerolitter map showing identified locations of litter Zerolitter classroom

#ZeroLitter @OaklandHS Targets Lake Merritt Interns at Oakland High School have completed a series of litter blitzes at Lake Merritt for a cumulative effect. They began with a litter survey identifying cigarette butts as a major source of litter and areas of, concentration, and then worked with city officials to install ashtrays at strategic locations. See how their #litterblitz helps keep Lake Merritt clean.

Zerolitter classroom representatives shown cleaning-up litter in a field

#ZeroLitter @SanLorenzoHS Petitions Juice Manufacturer For Change Like most places, San Lorenzo High has a litter problem. When interns realized a major source of litter was coming from their lunch room, they decided to do something about it. They launched a Change.org campaign to petition Apple & Eve to rethink their juice box packaging. They have 7,000 signature and counting. Learn about their journey - the results might surprise you.

A map of Zerolitter ashtray installations in Oakland, California.

#ZeroLitter @RichmondHS Gets Serious About Recycling Richmond interns completed their first waste audit, sorting through over 23 pounds of classroom trash to find out what ends up in their waste stream. They were shocked to learn that over 50% of their classroom trash was comprised of recyclable materials. Find out how they're working to lower that percentage.

The Zerolitter team at Richmond High School in Richmond, California