The Zero Waste Squad program is a joint peer-led volunteer program open to UBC students brought to you by UBC Sustainability. Get involved today and help UBC become a zero waste campus!

Sign up to be a part of the Zero Waste Squad today and help us reach our zero waste goals.

Why be a Zero Waste Volunteer?

UBC has committed to greatly reducing the amount of waste it sends to the landfill through ambitious reduction targets. But to achieve these goals, we need your involvement! The Zero Waste Squad can make a difference by educating the campus community about recycling and composting, and helping reduce waste from events. By engaging your fellow students you can reduce the amount of garbage that goes to the landfill.

Benefits of Volunteering

By volunteering, you will:

  • Help achieve UBC’s sustainability goals
  • Network with sustainability student groups and professionals
  • Gain training and campus engagement experience on zero waste and sustainability issues
  • Learn more about UBC’s zero waste programs
  • Have access to perks such as a free ticket to events, free food or gift card (all event dependent)
  • Obtain a reference letter after completing hours (upon request)
  • Enjoy our end-of the year volunteer appreciation party 
  • Attend campus events and have fun!

Volunteer Role

UBC undergraduate and graduate students can apply.

Zero Waste Squad volunteers must commit to:

  • Attend a short one-time volunteer training
  • Volunteer for an average of 10 hours per month
  • Must be interested in zero waste/sustainability and comfortable interacting with the public

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Attend campus events and outreach initiatives
    • Some events include: Imagine Day, Jumpstart, Student Orientations, Welcome Back BBQ, Apple Festival, residence engagement and outreach etc.
  • Help event attendees and campus members sort their waste properly by letting them know what goes in each bin
  • Provide information about zero waste and recycling at UBC
  • Help organize Zero Waste outreach and engagement events such as movie screenings and workshops

Other Zero Waste Squad Roles

If you are interested in more opportunities for engagement, developing leadership skills and are looking to get something more from the role, contact the Zero Waste Events Coordinator with your ideas. There is always possibility to develop new roles on the Squad! 

Apply Now!

Applications are now open and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please complete the online application.


If you have any questions regarding the program or application, contact us.