Zero Waste Network


The Zero Waste Network (ZWN) is composed of leading retail waste management and compliance executives who work to improve materials management and eliminate product and packaging waste throughout their supply chains, distribution networks and facilities. As the retail industry moves forward on a path to a more circular economy, the ZWN provides a forum for retail zero waste executives to hear from experts and engage peer-to-peer benchmarking on the implementation, management, and oversight of retail waste programs.

Topics covered include:
  • Minimization options for waste generated at retail facilities and product and packaging supply chains including, recycling, donation; composting, and reuse and more reliable diversion-enabling markets
  • How retailers can work with value chain stakeholders to assess alternative materials; and
  • Innovative technologies and initiatives that promote a more circular economy.
The ZWN hosts bimonthly focused benchmarking calls and an annual meeting held in conjunction with RILA’s Environmental Advocacy Committee and Environmental Compliance Network. The ZWN also conducts benchmarking surveys and helps inform the Retail Compliance Center’s development of new waste management, sustainability and environmental compliance tools and resources.  

For information on RILA's Zero Waste Network, contact Kaela Martins, Manager, Environmental Programs & Retail Compliance Center at Network members can access recent ZWN content and resources below. For past call content, resources, reports and more, please reach out to Kaela Martins.
For more information on environmental law and regulations applicable to retail, including tools for environmental compliance program management, and sustainability and zero waste management resources visit the Retail Compliance Center website. 

Joining the Zero Waste Network

Zero Waste Network is an invite-only group opened to industry leaders. This includes those that lead not just in sales but in aspiration. Through collaboration, education, advocacy and innovation, we envision the future of retail — and help retailers succed in it. To discuss if your company meets the requirments, contact

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Network Materials

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.

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EPR Packaging Bills Introduced to States

An overview of recently introduced state EPR packaging legislation.

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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.

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February 2021 Zero Waste Network Benchmarking Call

February 17th Zero Waste Network Call slide deck

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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.

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April 2021 Zero Waste Network Benchmarking Call

Slide Deck - April 21st Zero Waste Network Call

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June 2021 Zero Waste Network Benchmarking Call

June 16th Zero Waste Network Call slide deck

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