Don’t Waste Durham is grateful to Keep Durham Beautiful for their fiscal sponsorship. This means DWD temporarily enjoys their legal and non-profit status while we work toward becoming our own non-profit organization. Our work would not be possible without them. Thank you, KDB!


  1. Our community needs more litter clean-up, but litter clean-up is not enough.
  2. People and businesses doing the right thing should be recognized for their efforts.
  3. Those who could still change need incentive and motivation.
  4. Interventions to reduce single-use consumer waste should
    • not result in more litter
    • not have unintended negative consequences
    • be as manageable as possible for consumers and small businesses
  5. Alternatives to single-use consumer waste should be safe and healthy.
  6. Whenever possible, reducing waste is the best and first step. Reuse and recycling are the next best options.
  7. There is a better way, and it will mean changes in our expectations of convenience and social norms.

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

  • Keep Durham Beautiful
  • City of Durham
  • Durham County Government
  • The Scrap Exchange
  • Greener Durham
  • The Durham Originals
  • Durham Central Park
  • 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
  • Tilthy Rich Compost
  • 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