Our mission

Don’t Waste Durham works to reduce the amount of consumer waste produced by our community.

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.

Don’t Waste Durham collaborates with many organizations and businesses, including:

  • City of Durham
  • Durham County Government
  • The Scrap Exchange
  • Greener Durham
  • The Durham Originals
  • Durham Central Park
  • Keep Durham Beautiful
  • Plastic Film Recycling
  • Old Havana Sandwich Shop
  • Toast restaurant
  • City of Durham Solid Waste Management
  • Durham County Solid Waste
  • Orange County Solid Waste
  • Durham County Department of Environmental Health
  • Food FWD
  • Compost Now
  • Newsoil Vermiculture
  • Every Tray Counts
  • Environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck
  • NC Department of Environmental Quality
  • City of Durham Sustainability Office
  • Durham Businesses Against Crime
  • Durham Lions Club
  • American Labor
  • UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
  • Watts St. Baptist Church
  • Duke University
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Waste Management Recycling Services
  • Durham Farmers’ Market
  • Sparkleize
  • Triangle Ecycling
  • Triangle Community Foundation
  • Fillaree
  • Fullsteam Brewery
  • The Forest at Duke Retirement Community
  • Pie Pushers
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Durham Public Schools Hub Farm
  • Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Durham Environmental Affairs Board
  • Spoonflower
  • Durham Skywriter
  • Sustainable Duke
  • Eno River Association
  • Africa Yes!
  • Yuri Vaysgant Photography
  • TROSA
  • Graphics by Hand
  • Amy Eller Marketing