Zero Waste Committee


RILA’s Zero Waste Committee is composed of retail waste management and compliance practitioners who work to improve materials management throughout their facilities and supply chains on the path to a more circular economy. Zero waste practitioners address issues that affect recycling, donation, composting, reuse, and other diversion options for waste generated at retail facilities and, increasingly, in product and packaging supply chains. 

The retail industry operates in a changing domestic and global waste landscape to ensure efficient operations that meet customer expectations, comply with all relevant regulations, and respond to the need to address the environmental impacts of products and packaging. Leading retailers are working across the value chain with stakeholders to assess alternative materials, new service offerings, and more reliable diversion-enabling markets. 

The Zero Waste Committee provides RILA members a forum for practitioners to benchmark and hear from experts regularly on rotating topics related to the implementation, management, and oversight of waste programs. The committee has sub-projects, benchmarking surveys, and monthly, focused benchmarking calls on members’ highest priority issues.  

RILA members have full access to past call content, reports and benchmarking results which can be found below.  

For more information on RILA's Zero Waste Committee, contact Erin Hiatt, senior director, sustainability and innovation at erin.hiatt@rila.org.

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Committee Materials

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External Stakeholder Communications Library

Resources are available to RILA committee members. Please login to access or contact us to learn more about membership.

4/22/2020 12:00:00 AM
Lululemon Polybag Case Study

After a month pilot, Caroline Colt, Asst. Manager of a Lululemon store in Colorado successfully implemented a ground-up polybag recycling program.

1/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
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Carry Out Shopping Bag Compliance & Sustainability Survey

Peer survey on shopping bag regulation tracking, compliance, and sustainability approaches. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

1/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
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June 2020 RILA ECC Virtual Meeting Day 1

Day 1 of the June 23 & 24 2020 RILA Virtual Environmental Compliance Committee Meeting

6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM
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July 2019 Zero Waste Committee Survey Report

Peer survey on various submitted waste topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
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June 2020 RILA ECC Virtual Meeting Day 2

Day 2 of the June 23 & 24, 2020 RILA Virtual Environmental Compliance Committee Meeting

6/24/2020 12:00:00 AM
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July 2020 Sustainability and Zero Waste Survey

Peer survey on current sustainability and zero waste practices.

7/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
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ESG 101 - Understanding the Landscape Webinar Recording

Webinar featuring Leaders Arena, BlackRock, former CalSTRS Director, and HIP Investor on the basics of ESG investor criteria and trends.

10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM
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March 2020 RILA Retail Donations Survey

Peer survey on retail donation programs and challenges.

3/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
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ESG Roadmap: Opportunities & Potholes Along the Way Webinar

Webinar featuring Leaders Arena and AllianceBernstein on ideas for structuring and communicating an ESG program.

12/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Sustainability & Zero Waste Committee Survey Report

Peer survey on various submitted sustainability and waste topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Maximizing Value of Unsold Inventory Webinar

Webinar featuring a panel of industry experts and thought leaders to discuss inventory management strategies, options and financial considerations.

5/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
Retail Donation Programs Webinar

Good360, Feeding America, and Goodwill discuss donation of excess inventory, the state of donation organizations and key donation info for retailers.

6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
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How Retailers are Setting & Implementing Targets Webinar

Webinar featuring CDP and CVS Health on Science-Based Targets (SBTs) and Scope 3 emissions reduction approaches.

7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Sustainable Packaging Webinar Recording

Sustainable Packaging Coalition & Walmart on industry initiatives to improve packaging sustainability.(Members-only. Please log-in to access).

5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM
Sustainable Protective Packaging Innovation Challenge

Open innovation challenge webinar for startups & entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations in protective packaging materials.

5/5/2020 12:00:00 AM
Textile Circularity: The Missing Links Webinar
Textile Circularity: The Missing Links Webinar

Discussion with industry experts on what’s still needed to make meaningful progress towards textile circularity.

7/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

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