Our mission

We create solutions that prevent trash.

Don't Waste Durham works toward its mission by:

  • Implementing prevention programs that eliminate single-use disposables like polystyrene foam takeout containers and plastic bags;

  • Advocating for evidence-based policy change around waste reduction; and

  • Raising awareness about waste reduction and encouraging reusable, compostable, and recyclable alternatives.

    See our full program overview here!

Don’t Waste Durham collaborates with many organizations and businesses, including, but not limited to:

  • Africa Yes!

  • American Labor

  • Bryant Holsenbeck, environmental artist

  • Bull City Fair Trade

  • Burt’s Bees

  • City of Durham

  • City of Durham Solid Waste Management

  • City of Durham Sustainability Office

  • Compost Now

  • Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic

  • Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment

  • Duke University

  • Duke University School of Law’s Legal Clinics

  • Durham Businesses Against Crime

  • Durham Central Park

  • Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board

  • Durham County Department of Environmental Health

  • Durham County Government

  • Durham County Health Department

  • Durham County Solid Waste

  • Durham Farmers’ Market

  • Durham Lions Club

  • Durham Public Schools

  • Durham Public Schools Hub Farm

  • Durham Skywriter

  • Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association

  • Eno River Association

  • Every Tray Counts

  • Fillaree

  • Food FWD

  • Fullsteam Brewery

  • Graphics by Hand

  • Greener Durham

  • Keep Durham Beautiful

  • MaterialWise

  • NC Department of Environmental Quality

  • NC RIoT

  • Newsoil Vermiculture

  • North Carolina Central Patent Law Clinic

  • North Carolina Central University

  • North Carolina State University

  • Old Havana Sandwich Shop

  • Orange County Solid Waste

  • Partners for Youth Opportunity

  • Pie Pushers

  • Plastic Film Recycling

  • Pour Taproom

  • Sparkleize

  • Spoonflower

  • Sustainable Duke

  • The Durham Originals

  • The Forest at Duke Retirement Community

  • The Scrap Exchange

  • Toast Paninoteca

  • Triangle Community Foundation

  • Triangle Ecycling

  • TROSA

  • UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Waste Management Recycling Services

  • Watts Street Baptist Church

  • Yuri Vaysgant Photography