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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Recycling system at the University of Iceland Membership Required

  • University of Iceland

In February 2016 changes were made to the recycling system at the University of Iceland in order to conform with the City of Reykjavík. The changes affect the blue bags ...

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Eco Hawks: Sustainability @ UIowa Membership Required

  • University of Iowa (IA)

Climate change is the greatest issue of our time and sustainability is the solution. Here at the University of Iowa, a place that provides services to not only Iowans but ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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North D Compost Pilot Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA)

After conducting a waste audit of the North Apartment Residential Complex in October of 2014, it was found that approximately 27% of the trash stream consisted of food waste and ...

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Compendium of Organics Recovery Programs at Colleges and Universities Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 and select southeastern U.S. schools have ...

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Plastic Free Campus Manual Membership Required

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

This document will help guide you through the process of helping your campus go plastic-free. Comprised of over 60 pages worth of training, best-practices guidance, case studies and project resources ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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RecycleMania Membership Required

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)
  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges ...

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Waste Reduction Model (WARM) Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The US EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM) calculates and totals GHG emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices—source reduction, recycling, combustion, composting, and landfilling. The model calculates ...

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Zero Waste Database Membership Required

  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

The mission of this database is to create a useful, comprehensive resource for recycling and waste reduction advocates:

Baseline:  "What practices are out there?  Who and how many are doing ...

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Food Recovery Verified

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Food Recovery Verified (FRV) is a program of Food Recovery Network that recognizes institutions, businesses and events for sending their surplus food to people, not landfills.

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Zero Waste Football Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The first season of zero waste football at CU Boulder.

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Tailgate Waste Diversion Membership Required

  • University of Southern California (CA)

USC Sustainability and Facilities Management Services are partnering to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill on campus during football tailgates. Student facilitators educate tailgaters on how to ...

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Ohio State University Zero Waste Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Ohio Stadium is the largest stadium in the country to attempt zero waste; diverting 90 percent of materials from the landfill by recycling and composting. Ohio State is leading the ...

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All About No Waste (Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass Parody) Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

HELP STANFORD WIN! PLEDGE TO REDUCE YOUR WASTE

http://sustainable.stanford.edu/recyclemania

Vocals: Stephanie Fischer

Backing Vocals: Sonja Johnson-Yu and Akua Odoom

Lyrics: Mr. Eco

Video: Brian Christ Films ...

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Food Recovery Challenge

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

As part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA's Sustainable Materials ...

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Food Recovery Hierarchy Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert wasted food. Each tier of the Food Recovery Hierarchy focuses on different management strategies for your wasted ...

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Zero Waste Campus Toolkit Membership Required

  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

Created by the University of Oregon Zero Waste Program in partnership with College & University Recycling Coalition, this toolkit contains resources regarding the concept of Zero Waste, Zero Waste management ...

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Weight-based Metrics for Zero Waste 2020: Innovations in Automation Critical to Waste Diversion Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • Creative Microsystems Inc (WA)

In spite of its importance, diverting recovered resources continues to pose fundamental problems for campus managers. In reaction to this problem, UCSC staff have redefined the apparatus of billing and ...

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Composting Inside of a Greenhouse: Exploring the Benefits of an Integrated Composting/Growing Operation. Membership Required

  • Green Mountain Technologies (WA)

Gustavus Adolphus College has created a unique and innovative model for integrating a commercial composting operation into a growing operation. Gustavus has installed an Earth Flow composting system from Green ...

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Recycling at a Higher Education Institution: Case Study of a Successful Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Membership Required

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (MO)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has been offering educational programs in waste management and environmental science for about 25 years and has recently added a sustainability minor to its ...

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The Road to Zero: A Tale of a Stadium Compost Pilot Membership Required

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Nature Works (GA)

Purdue opened the South End Zone Patio area of Ross-Ade Stadium (capacity 57,236) at the beginning of the 2014 season. The Office of University Sustainability initiated a zero waste ...

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Nurturing the Sharing Economy on Campus Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

One of the most exciting developments of recent decades is the growth of the sharing economy. Simply put, the generation of students entering college today are far less interested in ...

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Smart Print: Using the Cloud to Identify Waste & Excess Energy Consumption Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Pharos Systems International (NY)

The University of Illinois at Chicago has deployed a new, cloud-based tool to deliver a campus-wide view of their printer fleet, their users who print and the documents they print ...

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Stopping Food Waste at the Source: Source Reduction Strategies for Dining Services Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

UC Irvine aims not only to divert waste from landfill through recycling and composting but to minimize waste generated. This objective supports an overall goal of Zero Waste campus-wide by ...

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Team Waste Reduction: Using Departmental Collaboration to Transform Your Surplus Program Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

What do an 8 foot tall plywood cutout of the 'Lorax', a warehouse full of desks and 100 bicycles all have in common? They are all examples of surplus items ...

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Sustainability Challenges and Triumphs at a West African University: Waste, Water, Energy Land, and New Construction Membership Required

  • American University of Nigeria (Adamawa,)

Sustainability has been a high priority at the American University of Nigeria (AUN),for more than three years.The fastest progress has been in waste management; AUN was spending more ...

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Greening the Game at Collegiate Sports Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Like many universities, the University of Arizona has a strong tradition of athletics at the collegiate level. While sporting events are a key component to any university and it's ...

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New Research About Bin Set-Up to Increase Recycling In Offices Membership Required

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)
  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

This presentation will review a new study commissioned by Keep America Beautiful that shows how the arrangement recycling and trash bins in office settings can lead to a 20% increase ...

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Transforming Waste Management through Upstream Strategies Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Addressing upstream waste is critical to achieving zero waste, yet upstream strategies often prove most challenging or receive the least dedicated resources. This session will explore upstream strategies for dealing ...

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Murie Zero Waste Pilot Project Membership Required

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

Despite challenges presented by its remote location in the circumpolar north - distance from disposal networks, a harsh climate and lack of municipal infrastructure - the University of Alaska Fairbanks set a ...

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Do you want your receipt? How simple changes to bookstore operations reduce use of BPA and related chemicals. Membership Required

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MN)

What if even the simplest transaction at your campus bookstore could be better for employees and our environment? If your campus uses thermal paper receipts in its bookstore, library or ...

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Embracing the Silos: The Benefits of Disciplinary Purity in Achieving Campus Sustainability in Waste Reduction Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Since the Great Recession, UCSC has not employed a Recycling Coordinator with the interdepartmental authority to administer the campus vision of waste reduction as planned for the campus Zero Waste ...

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Organizing an E-Waste Festival on Campus Membership Required

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

E-Waste can be a serious problem for businesses and residents in a community. At Indiana University South Bend, we hold an annual E-Waste Festival that has collected over 1.25 ...

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Football Fans and Waste: Can Their Behavior Be Changed? Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Waste separation and diversion at sporting events is gaining more popularity because of the large amount of waste generated, the visibility of athletic events, and the goal of reaching Zero ...

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Foil Lined Wrapper TerraCycling Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia has been participating in a TerraCycle Program, more specifically the Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade, since August of last year. In general, TerraCycle programs work to reduce ...

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The Food Recovery Network on college campuses: How to reduce food waste while addressing hunger within the local community Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)

Today, 1 in 9 Minnesotans struggles with hunger. In Rice County alone, there are 1.14 million missed meals per year. But despite high rates of food insecurity throughout the ...

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How Does Your Campus Talk Trash? Membership Required

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Does your campus have waste diversion initiatives that directly engages community members? Waste characterizations attempt to directly teach proper waste diversion through a hands-on event that helps measure current waste ...

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The Annual Waste Audit Approach at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology Membership Required

  • Niagara College Canada (ON)

The Pollution Prevention students studying in the Post-Graduate Environmental Management and Assessment Program partner with the Office of Sustainability to conduct annual waste audits for Niagara College of Applied Arts ...

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Fighting Food Waste on College Campuses Membership Required

  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Food Recovery Network (MD)
  • Compass Group (NC)

Food waste is a problem on many fronts. About 40% of the available food supply in the United States is thrown away each year. When we waste food, we waste ...

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The PAC 12 Road to Zero Waste Competition Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)

The Green Sports Alliance (GSA) in partnership with the PAC 12 campuses initiated a Road to Zero Waste competition this year. The group developed multiple goals and objectives to encourage ...

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Show me the money: Discovering revenue from reuse Membership Required

  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • University Surplus Property Association (UT)

With so much focus on recycling, many seem to forget the value of reuse and redeploying products. By implementing highest and best use practices, institutions are able to maximize the ...

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Why students should shower with their phones: The call for shorter showers Membership Required

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)
  • NORESCO (NC)

Do students know how long they are in the shower? Are students able to mentally time their shower? How can we encourage students to decrease their time in the shower ...

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College & University Recycling Coalition Zero Waste Workshop Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Oregon (OR)

Recycling, zero waste, sustainability coordinators and campus student leaders are welcome to attend the Fall regional workshop presented by the College & University Coalition in partnership with the University of ...

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OZZI & Reusable To-Go Containers: Reducing Waste & Saving Money Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This interactive and engaging session will highlight a new system of collecting reusable to- go containers via a machine called, OZZI. Panelists from diverse higher education institutions, student populations and ...

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Successful Campus Move Out Drives Membership Required

  • Southwestern College (OH)

The Southwestern Green Team has held numerous successful move-out collection drives over the years. We hold one at the end of every semester, collecting clothes, food, appliances, furniture, etc. We ...

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Community Electronic Recycling Drives Membership Required

  • Southwestern College (OH)

The Southwestern College Green Team has partnered with the City of Winfield and a local church to host three very successful electronic recycling drives in the Winfield community. We have ...

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Football Program Scores with Waste Reduction. Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

UNC Charlotte is a large urban university that recently added a football program and built a 15,000-seat stadium. Some students saw this as an opportunity to start a major ...

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Discovery and Development of a Long Range Compost Plan to Support Zero Waste Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University began an in-house composting program on campus in 1999, and built a state-of-the-art aerated facility to expand composting opportunities, which opened in October 2011. At AASHE 2014 ...

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Aramark Supporting Arizona State University's Commitment to Zero Waste through Operations and Educational Outreach Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Monitoring the waste stream by minimizing our environmental footprint by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. Supporting closed loop waste management processes and committing to innovative practices to reach an absolute ...

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Engaging Students in Food Waste Reduction - Aramark, UNC-Chapel Hill & Feeding The 5,000 Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

A review & discussion of the genesis, planning & execution of an innovative food waste reduction event conducted by Aramark at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In partnership with ...

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Waste Reduction Strategies and Building Community Through Food Donations Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

NAU Campus Dining uses several strategies to reduce food waste; tracking with LeanPath, composting, staff training and cooking techniques. The University received an Award of Recognition from the EPA's ...

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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.

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.