Zero Waste Switzerland

ZWS is a non-profit non-governmental institution established in 2015 and has for mission to make sensitive and accompany the population in the long-lasting and significant reduction of waste, by raising awareness on problems connected to waste, by motivating the change of consumer habits and by supporting the active implication of concerned actors and the implementation of a zero waste approach as well as favouring a legislation/regimentation for the reduction of producing waste in Switzerland.


Our Vision : A ‘waste’ free Switzerland!


The Zero Waste Switzerland Association would like to encourage and enable citizens, institutions and economic parties to choose a manner of consumption and production without waste, by favouring a renewable and circular economy.


Our Values : We believe that it is possible to greatly reduce the total amount of waste we produce as a society by following the principles: Rethink, Reduce, Re-use & Repair and Recycle.


We favour the use of sustainable materials and would like to encourage a change in our current economic and cultural model.


The Zero Waste Switzerland Association values ecological design and ecologically responsible production and consumption. Our principles are Respect, Dialogue, positive Communication and collective actions.


Since its foundations, ZWS has 1000 members in Switzerland. The association has implemented practical workshops, meetings and conferences to give local solutions to people, companies, festivals and other organisations. Several projects are ongoing : Zero Waste friendly shops, Carouge ZeroDechet (Zero Waste City), Zero Waste Schools.

Victories and key actions

A selection of the latest achievements of our member...
  • Pilot project: Zero Waste City Carouge
  • Strengthening and expanding the ambassador network and events and building up a professional team

Main focus and objectives

A selection of the expected results of our member...
  • Pilot project: Zero Waste City Carouge
  • Zero Waste friendly shops
  • Expanding workshop series from Geneva to other cities

Bern, Switzerland

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