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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Moving Beyond the Hole: From Waste Stream to Resource Stream

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Waste Management (TX)

Solid waste management on campuses has gone from containers on the curb hauled to a hole in the ground, to iterations of recycling, to the once previously unfathomable and now ...

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How to close the loop for your campus' surplus books

  • Better World Books (GA)

Almost every campus has paper recycling but many still do not consider books in this process. With the variety of difficult considerations to be made, books do not seem to ...

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A Feasibility Study of Bio-Gas Digesters and Composting Systems for A University Campus

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Our research examines the feasibility of building and operating a biogas digestion unit for Carnegie Mellon University as a way to compost organic waste, offset energy use, and output a ...

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Collaboration, Partnership, and Community - Development and Implementation of Waste Focus Team

  • Cornell University (NY)

Proposed briefing is to discuss the Waste Focus Team; part of the Focus Team initiative developed at our university in response to the institution's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan which calls ...

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From Policies to Practice: Moving Departments to the Digital Realm.

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In academic environments, unnecessary paper use has significant environmental and economic impacts. With advances in technology, there are growing opportunities for reducing printing in the future. Existing paper documentation, however ...

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Industrial Scale Composting at James Madison University

  • James Madison University (VA)

This project aims to provide James Madison University (JMU) with a sustainable means of recycling food waste generated at the dining facilities on-campus. To this end, an aerobic composting reactor ...

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College and University Recycling Coalition Workshop

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

The College and University Recycling Coalition is hosting a half day interactive workshop on collegiate recycling topics.

The presentations will be followed by facilitated small group discussions lead by collegiate ...

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Zero Waste at Macalester College

  • Macalester College (MN)

To fulfill Macalester College's Zero Waste by 2020 goal, Macalester College has completed a waste sort, developed a work plan for the college, as well as developed a vermiculture ...

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Do Posters Really Matter?

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Effect of Signage on Recycling At Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri S&T's recycling program has been in place for many years. A recent campus wide waste audit ...

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Who's Responsible for My Waste - Part II

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Effects of Changing Behavior

At Missouri University of Science & Technology

Responsible Waste Management

Changing behavior requires a change of attitude. A change of attitude comes from heightened awareness and ...

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The importance of food waste recycling on campus

  • North American Trading House, LLC (NY)

Greening campuses through energy saving, implementing water efficiency and recycling is having a positive impact on our environment. When greening a campus there is one area that is regularly overlooked ...

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Waste: the Cornerstone of the Environmental Movement

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

My presentation will discuss why waste must be the first problem in universities and cities to combat before other campaigns can be successfully complete. Waste is at the foundation of ...

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Developing a Comprehensive Recycling and Waste Reduction Program: A Multi-Campus District-Wide Approach

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Portland Community College has been involved in recycling and waste reduction efforts for over a decade. The College serves over 83,000 students per year and spans over a wide ...

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Evaluating Your University's Waste and Recycling Billing Rates

  • CHA (NY)

Today, universities are grappling with how to fund ever expanding and much sought after recycling programs. As university waste management programs grow to include larger volumes and additional types of ...

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Revamping Your University Waste and Recycling Program

  • RRS (MI)

Creating sustainable waste and recycling operations throughout large universities is a daunting task as you deal with a variety of audiences and system users. This task can be especially challenging ...

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Trashformation: Creating Sustainable, Collaborative Campus Communities Through Interactive Art and Education

  • RuckusRoots, Inc. (CA)

This presentation describes an innovative co-curricular event that engages students in a collaborative, creative process focused on sustainability. Trashformation is an interactive and educational art experience in which students collaborate ...

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Adopting the "Swamp": Creating a Sense of Ownership through a Litter Prevention and Maintenance Program

  • University of Florida (FL)

The University of Florida campus provides a beautiful collegiate atmosphere for students, staff and faculty to study and learn. Amidst the over 900 buildings housed on campus are numerous ecologically ...

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The Resource Recovery Pilot: A Recycling Rehab

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Although the recycling rates have been slowly increasing over the past few years, we are not satisfied with the current rate and began to look for new ways to jump-start ...

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Does Your Campus Recycling Program Need Recharging?

  • University of Missouri (MO)

According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, universities throughout the country have expanded their recycling efforts contributing to an 11.5 percent decrease in overall ...

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Football Gamedays: Maximizing recycling and awareness

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The University of Notre Dame Gameday Recycling program is in its fifth season and has met with substantial success as well as many challenges. Each year various strategies have been ...

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Successful Composting-University of Tennessee-A Collaborative Compost Partnership-ARAMARK Volunteer Dining

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The food service industry produces large amounts of food during daily production. Although food service businesses strive to create minimal amounts of waste, items such as lemon peels, apple cores ...

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Can UCompost?: Research and development of a residential composting program for college campuses

  • Ursinus College (PA)

Food waste can be a significant component of the waste stream at colleges and universities and could entirely avoid disposal in landfills with proper composting systems in place. Several colleges ...

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Move Out: Creation of a campus-wide infrastructure designed to curb waste through reuse and responsible processing

  • Ursinus College (PA)

Effective waste reduction and management are primary challenges towards achieving sustainability. Colleges and universities across the country grapple with such issues at the end of each academic year, as large ...

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EcoMug™ History and Continued Program Evaluation

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The EcoMug™ program began in 2009. It is, as far as we know, an unprecedented waste reduction initiative. During the first few weeks of school, each incoming student is given ...

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The Zero Waste Campus

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Whether it is a single-stream or multipart recycling system, the staple environmental achievement for a post-secondary institution is typically its tailored recycling program. The success of a waste diversion program ...

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Utilizing a Community Partnership to Distribute Mattresses in the Community

  • Elon University (NC)

With hundreds of lightly used mattresses to remove from campus, the university took the opportunity to partner with a community non-profit organization to keep them out of the landfill and ...

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Campus Sustainability as a Driver of Social Justice

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Rio Salado College (AZ)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)
  • Better World Books (GA)

Oftentimes, we think of our sustainability efforts independent of social justice.

This panel will discuss innovative ideas for combining recycling while funding social justice initiatives. The panelists, representing both private ...

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The impact of "No Impact Week" in ENVS 101

  • Denison University (OH)

The syllabus for ENVS 101 (People and the Environment) at Denison University typically involves the examination of issues like climate change, food security, impacts of agriculture, water quality and scarcity ...

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Protecting the Climate and Reducing Waste through Campus Paper Policies

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

The RePaper Project, a project of the Environmental Paper Network, recently

released a new resource that complements the theme of conference. "Paper

Steps on Campus: Nine Steps to Protecting the ...

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Office Supply Tote Program

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The University of Notre Dame has partnered with Office Depot to launch the first reusable Tote Program in the Midwest and only the second in the nation. The majority of ...

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Implementing and Studying an Innovative University Food Waste Reduction Program

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This session will describe the processes of planning, implementing, and studying an innovative food waste reduction program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). With the challenges of limited space and the ...

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Who's Responsible for My Waste?

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Changing behavior requires a change of attitude. A change of attitude requires awareness and recognizing the need to change.

Why should I empty my own trash can? We pay people ...

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Collaborating for success: Developing a Recycling Program in the Middle East

  • Qatar Foundation- Hamad bin Khalifa University (Ad Dawhah)

Qatar Foundation is an organization focused on building capacity for the State of Qatar and the Arabian Gulf region. It accomplishes this goal by supporting a higher education campus called ...

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Composting in the Residence Halls: Stories of the Worm-keepers

  • Luther College (IA)

Luther students have started disposing of fruit and vegetable waste in worm composting bins installed Jan. 15 in seven of Luther's residence halls by students from the Luther Sustainability ...

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Community Partnerships for Sustainable Materials Management

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Ohio University (OH)
  • University of Oregon (OR)

Can campuses help our neediest neighbors and reduce greenhouse gas at the same time? Yes we can. This session will offer several examples of how schools partner with other non-profit ...

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Sustainability Commitments, Actions & Economics: Managed Print Services

  • Cleveland State University (OH)
  • FirstMetrix Corporation (OH)
  • Xerox Corporation (MN)

Cleveland State University committed to a goal of developing, designing and implementing an enterprise wide document output strategy that is consistent with the Unviersity's mission and commitment to environmental ...

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CHEFS: Advancing the Carbon Footprinting of Food in North America

  • New York University (NY)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Dining plays a central role in campus life, as has been reflected in a plethora of recent dining-related initiatives—from trayless cafeterias to composting to community gardens on campus. A ...

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4 Rs: Residents Reduce, Re-use, & Recycle

  • University of Wyoming (WY)

The main goal for our presentation is to educate and inform attendees that young adults are leading the way on the UW campus in recycling, reducing and re-using. This discussion ...

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Improved Methods for Measuring the Efficacy of Waste Diversion Programs

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

Campus recycling and other waste diversion programs have been growing rapidly over the past several decades. However, surprisingly little empirical evidence exists for assessing the efficacy of these programs in ...

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It Won't Decay, Don't Throw It Away!

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Building on the success of an electronic waste collection campaign the previous year, Indiana University organizers expanded the planning, promotion and implementation of the 2010 Electronic Waste Collection Days to ...

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Fostering Sustainable Development: Nova Scotia Waste Resource Management Institute

  • Acadia University (NS)

A Waste Resource Management Institute(WRMI) is in development at Acadia University. Created in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia Department of the Environment and EduNova, the Institute ...

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Green Tailgating: Generating Sustainable Team Spirit!

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The "greening" of university football game "tailgating" events and athletic competitions, which are known to generate literally tons of bottles and cans as well as waste, continues to spread, resulting ...

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Moving to Single Stream Recycling

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Moving to Single Stream Recycling

Eastern Connecticut State University was an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, (ACUPCC). In accordance with the President's Climate ...

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Create a Diversion

  • Emory University (GA)

Eliminating landfill addiction at a University takes more than wishful thinking. At the University, it took the vision of the Boards of Trustees, the focus of the Office of Sustainability ...

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Garnet & Gold Goes Green: Expanding on FSU's gameday recycling program

  • Florida State University (FL)

Garnet & Gold Goes Green (G4) provides Florida State University fans the opportunity to recycle their beverage containers with the intention of decreasing the large amounts of waste and litter ...

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Got stuff? Chuck it for Charity: A student move out collection initiative

  • Florida State University (FL)

Each spring over 6,000 Florida State University on-campus residents move out of the residence halls, leaving behind tons of unwanted "stuff" that is usually sent directly to the landfill ...

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Food Composting on Campus: Opportunities for Leadership for Sustainability

  • Kean University (NJ)

According to a feature story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "with great fanfare, universities are trumpeting their efforts to make society more equitable and environmentally healthy." An important question ...

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Engaging in reuse: Design & implementation of a student swap shop

  • Meredith College (NC)

Meredith College, a small women's institution in Raleigh, North Carolina called for a campus swap shop as one of its long-term waste reduction strategies. This presentation details the planning ...

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Dialogue and Discussion on Collegiate Zero Waste Principles

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Zero waste represents a new means of elevating sustainability education and student leadership development and two zero waste experts are excited to help advance a set of principles for higher ...

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Move Out Madness - End of Year Waste Reduction and Donations

  • University of Guelph (ON)

There's so much going on, it's Madness! Learn the details of a successful program designed to capture useful stuff left behind by students in undergraduate residences and in ...

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Waste Partners

Busch Systems

Barrie, ON
Business Leader

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

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.

Post-Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
Business Affiliate
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 on their campus.

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.