Zero Waste Professionals at Your Service

Michael Siminitus, Waste Buster’s founder, is a zero waste professional and has been in the Zero Waste business for 10+ Years. He understands the requirements and dedication it takes and is committed to advancing zero waste values and policies.

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Has helped many businesses understand their wasting practices and take steps to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost their way to cost savings and environmental performance gains. We offer the following services:

Waste Busters Business Services

Waste Assessment

It is important to know where you are at before implementing new programs. Waste Busters will perform a detailed composition study of your waste stream, identifying and quantifying materials being discarded, where they are going, how much it is costing your company and the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions associated with current waste management practices.

Zero Waste Plan

After having a through understanding of the current situation, working with your company, Waste Busters can generate a plan to improve recycling and reduce waste. Depending on your needs and business type, this can include bin and signage needs, product replacement or alternative purchasing practices, compost program development, employee training, incentives for participation and a plan to track progress in order to observe and improve.

Continued Assessment and Consulting

It is important to track benefits after implementing a Zero Waste Plan. Waste Busters will make a report detailing GHG savings, cost avoidance savings, and waste reduction statistics. We can continue to make recommendations and assess progress until your company achieves Zero Waste.

Waste Auditing and Characterization

Our experienced team provides Waste Audits and Characterization services to a wide variety of clients, helping them to fully understand the amounts and types of materials in their waste stream. From visual audits to in depth sampling and sorting, our team can do the dirty work and provide useful data inline with industry established best practices.

Reporting and Compliance

 Waste Busters will help ensure your company is in compliance with all the current local, state, and national laws that regulate data reporting and collection for waste haulers, processors and generators.     

Zero Waste Facilitators

San Francisco’s Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance from 2009 requires residents and businesses alike to properly separate recyclables and compostables and keep them out of the landfill.

The new San Francisco Refuse Separation Law (for Large Refuse Generators) Which Takes Effect JULY 1, 2019, aims to increase compliance with San Francisco’s pre-existing requirements by auditing the three main waste streams of large generators (compostables, recyclables, and trash). As a result Large Refuse Generators are now required to procure staff in the role of a “Zero Waste Facilitator” to ensure adequate waste material separation, if the business or building is not able to reduce contamination to acceptable levels on their own.


Large Refuse Generators are required to maintain a contract with “Zero Waste Facilitators” for two years if they are found to be non-compliant with existing separation guidelines. They may also be subject to increased rates and daily fines.

Waste Busters is your best option for Zero Waste Facilitation and we are here to help!


What We Do for You:

Perform audits to get you ahead of the game, and suggest operational fixes to help your business before the City’s audits and new regulations are enforced. You can avoid costly contamination charges and the requirement to hire Zero Waste Facilitators.

If your business fails a City audit and needs a Zero Waste Facilitator, we can get your business back in compliance and minimize costs with our professional service.

Our Zero Waste Facilitation services include:

  • Properly Sort Waste Streams to achieve compliance
  • Decontaminate Dumpsters
  • Eliminate Contamination Charges (add 50%-100% premiums to waste costs)
  • Maintain and Increase Diversion Discounts
  • Avoid Heavy Fines for Non-Compliance
  • Identify Problem Sources and Potential Fixes
  • Evaluate Collection System and Recommend Changes
  • Educate Tenants with Custom Trainings and Signage
  • Provide Easily Accessible Data on Waste Generation Rates
  • Reduce Environmental Impacts
  • Go Zero Waste!


Waste Busters will respond within 24 hours!


A graduate of UC Davis who studied the environment and international relations, he developed and expanded on composting and recycling services for the campus including the Aggie Sports Stadium, all venues and special events on campus as well as managing the cutting edge practices of the UC Davis Whole Earth Festival in the early 2000s.

As the Principal Consultant for Waste Busters, Michael brings 15 years of experience in the field. After starting his work in this field as the Manager for the UC Davis Zero Waste program, Michael formed Waste Busters in 2008, operating Zero Waste programs for major events, performing waste characterization studies and consulting for a wider variety of clients, public and private. He is an active member of the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA).