About Us


The mission of Californians Against Waste is to conserve resources, prevent pollution and protect California’s environment through the development, promotion, and implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.

Founded in 1977, Californians Against Waste is a non-profit environmental research and advocacy organization that identifies, develops, promotes and monitors policy solutions to pollution and conservation problems posing a threat to public health and the environment. Californians Against Waste's history has demonstrated it to be the nation's oldest, largest and most effective non-profit environmental organization advocating for the implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.

Californians Against Waste believes that when manufacturers are required to internalize the environmental externalities (costs) of material extraction, processing and manufacturing pollution, and end-of-life waste management in a product price, the market-place motivates them to reduce consumption, replace virgin resources with recycled materials, reduce toxicity and waste, design for maximum life and recyclability, and generally improve sustainability. This concept of Producer Responsibility lies at the root of virtually every legislative policy that CAW has pursued for the last 42 years.

Our work includes:

  • The development of policies and incentives to motivate manufacturers to reduce toxicity and waste, design for recyclability, and increase use for recycled materials.

  • Lobbying policymakers to implement and extend producer responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and processes.

  • The design of programs and funding policies that provide the public with information and convenient opportunities for recycling and responsible waste management.

Click Here to Learn More about Our Accomplishments.

Our Funding:

As reflected in our annual Financial Statements, the work of Californians Against Waste and our sister organization, the Californians Against Waste Foundation, is funded primarily from small contributions from individuals. 

CAW also hosts an annual birthday fundraising party in the summer. Click here for more information on the CAW Birthday Bash.

Contributions for the research and public education work of Californians Against Waste Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, are tax deductible. Contributions to the grassroots organizing and lobbying work of Californians Against Waste, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, are not tax deductible.

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