The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste in their campus communities. PLAN empowers our generation to be changemakers.
Our pilot program, Trash 2 Treasure (T2T), was started in 2011 by a group of students at the University of New Hampshire, including PLAN founder Alex Freid. T2T collected all of the items discarded by students moving out at the end of the year, stored them over the summer, and held a giant yard-sale during move-in weekend. The program made back enough money to cover expenses for the following year, and became the first student-led, self-sustaining program of its kind in the country. When Alex graduated in 2013, he founded PLAN with the goal of supporting student leaders and providing best-practices guidance to help other campuses launch and sustain student-led, zero waste projects.
What We Do
Through step-by-step advising, PLAN provides students with the necessary skills and information to implement Zero Waste initiatives on their respective campuses, all while connecting them with sustainable businesses, non-profits, and waste management professionals that will support the success of these initiatives. Members of our network are exposed to these relationships and best-practice solutions through our annual Students for Zero Waste Conference, compensated student internships, online tools, and sustainable products that incentivize engagement for program success. Ultimately, PLAN serves as a liaison for information sharing on everything Zero Waste. You can learn more from our Membership Benefits document!
Fostering a New Movement for Zero Waste
At PLAN we believe in recognizing, valuing, and amplifying the voices and the work of people who are systematically marginalized by oppressive, unjust systems. Check out our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mandate to see our strategies and goals.
Although our network includes all the student leaders, sustainable businesses, radical organizations, and other zero waste heroes we work with, PLAN’s operations are pulled off by a small team working out of out of Philadelphia as well as remote staff in Dover, NH, Pittsburgh, PA, Columbia, SC, and Moab, UT.