Californians Against Waste Foundation


Californians Against Waste Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was founded in June of 1984 as a broad-based citizens' organization dedicated to reducing the over-consumption of our planet's natural resources and the destruction of its environment.

CAWF is recognized as a national environmental leader through research, development, promotion, implementation, and oversight of policies which:

  • Protect our virgin resources;
  • Reduce waste;
  • Expand reuse, recycling and composting;
  • Increase utilization of recycled materials;
  • Encourage buying recycled;
  • Create new, green jobs; and,
  • Build sustainable and health communities

CAWF undertakes specific campaigns to promote new waste reduction and recycling policies as well as to defend existing ones through:

  • Thoughtful and thorough analysis
  • Direct outreach to CAW membership and print and broadcast media;
  • Publishing "How-to" guides on closing the recycling loop; and,
  • Educating the business community that waste reduction and recycling are good for the economy

CAWF is a sister organization to Californians Against Waste, California's only grassroots organization which lobbies full-time in Sacramento for waste reduction and recycling policies.

CAWF also receives funding from EarthShare California, whose mission is to protect, support and improve California's natural heritage of clean air, safe water, diverse wildlife, and healthy communities and families by raising funds for leading environmental organizations.