Waste

Introduction

Waste reduction mitigates the need to extract virgin materials from the earth, such as trees and metals. Reducing the generation of waste reduces the flow of waste to incinerators and landfills which produce greenhouse gas emissions, can contaminate air and groundwater supplies, and tend to have disproportionate negative impacts on low-income communities. Source reduction and waste diversion also save institutions costly landfill and hauling service fees. In addition, waste reduction campaigns can engage the entire campus community in contributing to a tangible sustainability goal.

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Impact on Plate Waste of Switching from a Tray to a Trayless Delivery System in a University Dining Hall and Employee Response to the Switch Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

A potential strategy for decreasing food waste in foodservice operations is trayless dining. The objective of this 2010 study was to compare the impact of using a tray vs a ...

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Paper Reduction at the University of Washington Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • University of Washington, Bothel (WA)
  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

The University of Washington is committed to reducing paper consumption at the university and using paper made from recycled content when necessary. Learn more about why that's important with ...

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Marine Debris & Plastic Source Reduction Toolkit for Colleges & Universities Membership Required

  • University of California, San Francisco (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

EPA, the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California collaborated on this toolkit to help college campuses and other institutions cut their plastic waste and reduce marine debris and ...

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Fix It Friday promotional flyer Membership Required

  • Illinois State University (IL)
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University Campus Solid Waste Management: Combining Life Cycle Assessment and Analytical Hierarchy Process Membership Required

  • University of Malaya

This volume provides a comprehensive method for optimizing solid waste management practices and procedures at college and university campuses through the use of cluster analysis to combine Life Cycle Assessment ...

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How Federal Programs and Partnerships can Help Reduce Wasted Food on Campuses Membership Required

  • Central Michigan University (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Food is the single largest waste stream sent to landfills and incinerators each year in the United States –over 70 billion pounds, which accounts for 21 percent of Americans’ everyday ...

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Spatial characterization and analysis of the campus residential waste stream at a small private Liberal Arts Institution Membership Required

The generation and management of solid waste on college campuses have presented challenges to pursuing institutional sustainability. Characterizing, analyzing, and understanding the composition of a campus’ residential waste stream is ...

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Full Service Organics Membership Required

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)

In the Full Service Organics documentary video, St. john's University, New York (SJU) has documented its efforts of student engagement in fighting hunger and waste, and making compost from ...

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Branding our Waste: Creating College-Specific Recycling Signage through Collaboration Membership Required

  • Red River College (MB)

In an ongoing effort to improve the effectiveness of our waste and recycling programs, Red River College set about redesigning our hallway waste and recycling signage (Pitch In signs) in ...

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Promoting Sustainability through Coordination of Campus-Wide Conservation Practices Membership Required

  • University of South Alabama (AL)

While the University of South Alabama (USA) has a long history of independent sustainability ventures, it is only in last 18 months that sustainability as a program has become a ...

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Transforming Campus Food Service with Anytime Dining Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Department of Dining Services at University of Maryland (UMD) set a goal to change the student culture and experience on campus through the Anytime Dining residential dining program. The ...

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Environmental and Economic Perspectives in the Analysis of Two Options for Hand Drying At an University Campus Membership Required

Environmental criteria can be part of global energy policies for the establishment of support and development actions for different technologies. Minimization of greenhouse gas emissions is a benefit to all ...

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Cowbell Cleanup Membership Required

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

Cowbell Cleanup is an initiative that was started by the Office of Sustainability on Mississippi State University's campus. The University faces a large influx of guests during home football ...

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NC State University Achieves 95 Percent Diversion With Building Deconstruction Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Harrelson Hall, the first round classroom building constructed on a university campus, was deconstructed in 2016 and NC State University exceeded its waste diversion goal, diverting 95 percent of non-hazardous ...

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Fix It Friday Membership Required

  • Illinois State University (IL)

Fix It Friday is a program in which fashion students set up sewing machines in various places within the Illinois State University campus and the surrounding Bloomington-Normal community and offer ...

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Zero Waste Guide and the Good Food Festival Case Study Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Throughout the semester, Joe Iosbaker, UIC's Recycling Coordinator and Office of Sustainability (OS) staff member, and Ula Renetskis, Office of Sustainability Intern and author, have been working with Bright ...

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Oregon State U Fully Transitions to Reusable Food To Go Containers Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The "Eco2Go" food container program at Oregon State University (OSU) Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) has eliminated all but a few specialized uses of disposable take-out containers within dining services ...

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University of California, Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Four: Food waste is the world's dumbest problem Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This is the fourth episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

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Questions of Waste Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

A unique and creative video documenting the waste habits of one student for a week. The video documents a friend of the videographer as she collects her waste for one ...

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The Drivers Behind Edible Food Recovery Programs at Institutions of Higher Education Membership Required

  • Messiah College (PA)

Food waste is a multi-faceted issue that affects societies on a social, economic, and environmental level. In 2014, more than 38 million tons of food were thrown away in the ...

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Simon Fraser University’s Zero Waste Initiative Membership Required

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

SFU was one of the first universities to implement a standardized, 4-stream Zero Waste system (including composting) uniformly across all three of its campuses, each of which lies in a ...

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CING, CSMM and the Municipality of Saint Dometios joined forces with Let’s Do it Cyprus to clean two local parks! Membership Required

  • Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics (CING) and its postgraduate school, the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine (CSMM) together with the local Municipal Council of Saint Dometios in Nicosia ...

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Proposal for Implementation of an E-Receipt System and Non-Toxic Compostable Receipt Paper at UMass Dining Facilities Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

For our junior year writing course, we were given the assignment to write a proposal to fix something on campus. As students passionate about sustainability, our group elected to improve ...

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Using emoticons to encourage students to recycle Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Uncovering inexpensive, simple techniques to encourage students to act in a pro-environmental manner is of critical importance. Through a four-week field study at a large, environmentally focused elementary school, it ...

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University of California, Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Three: Why your old phones collect in a junk drawer of sadness Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This is the third episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

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University at Buffalo-Sustainability Month 2017 Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

At UB, Earth Day is celebrated all month, with dozens of sustainability events highlighting our commitment to critical issues like climate neutrality and publicly funded science.

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Cal Poly SLO Earth Week Membership Required

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Cal Poly hosted a variety of events for Earth Week.

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University of California Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Two: Going green shouldn't be this hard Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This is the second episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

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Sustainable Un-building Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

Students, faculty, staff, and Greencastle community members were invited to participate in the event “Unbuilding: Sustainable Deconstruction and ‘Give-Away’ at DePauw’s Campus Farm House.” During Winter Term, students began ...

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EcoChallenge 2017 Winner Dinner Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)

Each year, Berea College hosts the EcoChallenge, a competition among residence halls on campus to increase the amount of recycling produced by each student. In 2017, the factor of participation ...

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Cork drink coaster Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State Green Teams member Amber Redman is creating a drink coaster made from wine bottle corks at an event during Penn State’s multi-week Earth Day(s) 2017 celebration ...

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T-shirt bags Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State Green Teams members Barbara Taylor and Ashli Baker are making reusable cloth bags from cotton t-shirts at an event during Penn State’s multi-week Earth Day(s) 2017 ...

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Shred Right Recycling Event Membership Required

  • Western Technical College (WI)

Students and community members brought 1,500 lbs of paper for shredding. The shredded material is recylced and made into low-quality paper products like paper towel. Since the event is ...

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SMCC STEMS Club Earth Day Event Membership Required

  • South Mountain Community College (AZ)

This semester the STEMS club successfully built a bike charging station, built and flew racing drones, grew flowers in the greenhouse and are composting landscape waste. It was a great ...

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Fredonia Electronics Recycling Day April 22 2017 Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Fredonia (NY)

The State University of New York at Fredonia hosted the Annual Electronics Recycling day on April 22, 2017. This event is free to the public.

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Sustainable Fashion Show Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

During our Earth Day event, students made their own outfits made from recycled materials, and were entered into a fashion show.

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Dumpster Dive 2017 Western Technical College Membership Required

  • Western Technical College (WI)

In our efforts to raise awareness of the items that can be recycled here on our Western Technical College Campus we held a “Dumpster Dive”.

We asked our college President ...

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UAB Recycling Earth Day on the Green Membership Required

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

UAB Recycling Coordinator Jon Paolone explains the intricacies of products made from recycled materials - in this case, a rubber jar opener made from recycled tires & a flying disc made ...

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Ohio State's "Seeds of Service" brought out hundreds to clean, plant and celebrate Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

As part of Ohio State University's sustainability awareness week, called "Time For Change Week 2017," students attending the "Seeds of Service" event celebrated a beautiful spring day by cleaning ...

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Ohio State University Earth Day Give-Away: Reusable Lunch Bags for students Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

The Ohio State Office of Energy and Environment celebrates Earth Day by providing items to students that helps them be more sustainable. In 2017, students were given reusable lunch bags ...

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The Green Labs Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Best practices for implementing a Green Labs program into a university.

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Seattle University On-Site Composting Facility Membership Required

  • Seattle University (WA)

In 2002 Seattle University (SU) built a state-of-the-art, on-campus composting facility. The composting facility is a unique, sustainable, closed-loop system that processes pre-consumer food and yard waste that is produced ...

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SFA Dining Waste Audit Membership Required

  • Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

We conducted a waste audit in our Dining Halls to see how much food we waste!

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Using Model-Based Reasoning and Experiential Learning to Understand and Improve Sustainability in a Campus Food System Membership Required

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)

The webinar describes an introductory sustainability course at Warren Wilson College that explores the campus food system. Warren Wilson College has a sustainable dining policy and has adopted the Real ...

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A Behavioral Approach to the Development of a Campus-Wide Recycling System Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

This article describes efforts to establish a more effective campus-wide recycling system at Western Michigan University. A study was designed as a continuation of an established line of behavioral recycling ...

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Waste Audit Training Materials Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Here are the training materials that we use for waste audits at Lehigh.

1) Blood Borne Pathogen Video Presentation - put together by our EH&S department 2) Waste Audit Logistics Powerpoint ...

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Greening academia: Developing sustainable waste management at Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

  • University of Southampton

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are often the size of small municipalities. Worldwide, the higher education (HE) sector has expanded phenomenally; for example, since the 1960s, the United Kingdom (UK) HE ...

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Greening of a campus through waste management initiatives: Experience from a higher education institution in Thailand Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to describe the effects of 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) waste management initiatives on a campus community. It ascertains the environmental attitudes and opinions of the ...

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Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey is a brief annual survey designed to encourage attention to a small number of key facilities metrics: total energy consumption per square foot, electricity consumption ...

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Impact on Plate Waste of Switching from a Tray to a Trayless Delivery System in a University Dining Hall and Employee Response to the Switch Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

A potential strategy for decreasing food waste in foodservice operations is trayless dining. The objective of this 2010 study was to compare the impact of using a tray vs a ...

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Waste Partners

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
Business Supporter

Busch Systems

Barrie, ON
Business Affiliate

CleanRiver Recycling Solutions

Aurora, ON
Business Affiliate
We design and manufacture containers to specifically suit your needs and then help you implement facility-wide programs that achieve your waste diversion goals and generate recycling program ROI.

Landmark Studio & Design

Muskego, WI
Business Affiliate

LRP Recycling

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

Max-R

Sussex, WI
Business Affiliate
Max-R is the innovator of the customized waste and recycling bin.

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
Business Affiliate
RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that possess core strengths in recovery, organics and collaborative action development serving both public and private sectors.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.

The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.