Zero Waste Certification - The ZIP Program


ZIP Certification Overview


What is ZIP certification?

The ZIP Program is a certification system developed and operated exclusively by PRC’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh program. ZIP is intended to encourage, reward and acknowledge organizations that have taken important steps towards reducing the waste they produce through recycling, composting and source reduction measures.

Who Can Become ZIP Certified?

ZIP for Businesses & Institutions is available to any commercial organization: for-profit companies, small-, medium- and large-sized businesses, retailers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, institutions of higher education, health care facilities, you name it!

ZIP for Special Events is open to festivals, conferences, fundraisers, concerts, meetings, workshops, and other gatherings, large or small.

The Benefits of ZIP Certification

  • Reduce costs for waste removal – Save money!
  • Demonstrate an enlightened and engaged image to clients and customers
  • Receive recognition for something you may already do
  • Appealing to ecologically-minded current employees and future hires
  • Take advantage of discounts and other perks offered to certified organizations by local goods and service providers (Coming Soon!)

ZIP Certification is Affordable

The ZIP Certification program has been designed to be affordable for all organizations and events. Current pricing is as follows:

ZIP Certification for Businesses & Institutions           $125 – $275*

ZIP Certification for Special Events                               $75 – $250*

The exact certification fee is based on a number of factors such as number of employees and visitors, size and quantity of buildings, and other criteria. A Zero Waste Pittsburgh representative can provide you with a specific price upon request.

* Price ranges based on small to medium, single location and single purpose buildings.

 ZIP Assistance for Businesses and Institutions 

Many organizations would like to pursue ZIP Certification and a waste reduction program, but don't know where to start. Others may want to know how well their current waste reduction program is performing and what else is needed to achieve ZIP Certification. For a small fee, Zero Waste Pittsburgh will conduct a walkthrough of your facility and provide you with a report that includes findings, recommendations, useful resources, and sample policies.

Pricing for ZIP Technical Assistance          $200 - $400*

The exact technical assistance fee is based on a number of factors such as number of employees and visitors, size and quantity of buildings, and other criteria. A Zero Waste Pittsburgh representative can provide you with a specific price upon request.

Organizations are not required to purchase technical assistance to apply for ZIP Certification, but can be done independently or in tandem with certification.

* Prices are subject to change without notice

ZIP Special Event On-Site Assistance

Zero Waste Pittsburgh has helped over 75 special events improve their waste reduction systems since 2007. Zero Waste Pittsburgh can provide a variety of services and assistance to special events looking to achieve ZIP Certification and improve their waste reduction and diversion. Services range from complete staffing, handling and sorting of all waste, to providing technical guidance on waste reduction methods, or simply renting collection bins and signage. Our staff can provide you with direction and assistance to not only achieve ZIP Certification but also maximize opportunities for reducing waste.

Ready to Get Started?

Click over to the Registration Page to complete the registration form and download the checklist of requirements.

Need More Info?

Download the ZIP brochure, email us or call 412.773.7159 to learn more about how ZIP can help your organization.

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