Zerolitter Project

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 Photo Feed

This year, six East Bay schools are engaged in Zero Litter work at Alameda High, Oakland High, Richmond High, Pinole Valley High, Antioch High and San Lorenzo High. Students blog about their proejcts, initiating change, and share best practices. Check out highlights of our interns' accomplishments:

#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 @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.

oakland HS

#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 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.


#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.


#ZeroLitter @HelmsMS Upcycles For Awareness
After completing a waste audit of their classroom trash, interns lead the way to decrease the amount of recyclable materials placed in trash bins. Now they're taking it a step further, transforming litter into art to raise awareness in their school. Sneak a peek at the work of art.

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Want to do more today?
Get the Zero Litter Project curriculum, now available free of charge for anyone to launch a Zero Litter Project campaign to empower youth and improve watershed health in their community.

Track Our Progress
Get the latest updates from our interns leading the charge:

Alameda HS

Antioch HS

Oakland HS:

Pinole Valley HS

Richmond HS

San Lorenzo HS

Former Zero Litter Projects:

American HS

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