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Waste Reduction Bins

About the Dual-Stream System

As part of Waste Not's roll-out schedule, new waste reduction bins will replace and/or enhance the current waste bins found inside and outside classroom buildings, office/department spaces and study areas. Each station consists of a two-bin sorting system for: 

landfill + recycle

What about COMPOST? Unfortunately, there are currently no local facilities available that can properly process our compostable materials (food waste combined with soiled paper). The University remains committed to finding a solution for diverting compostable materials from landfill. For now, composting will only be available for back-of-house food preparation areas on campus, such as the food prep kitchens in the residential dining halls and at the Child Development Center. Green color-coded bins at these areas will be specifically for:

composting

This combined systems approach will allow us to move closer to our ulimate goal of diverting more than 90% of material currently wasted on campus. 

Meet the New Waste Reduction Bins!

To help implement the Waste Not program, waste reduction bins will be installed inside and outside of all campus buildings. These stations will help divert waste from going into the landfill by adding a new stream to all trash receptacles: mixed recycling. 

Interior bins include: 

 

lib bin           int binsint bins hall

 

*Composting bins will only be available for back-of-house food preparation areas on campus, such as the food prep kitchens in the residential dining halls and at the Child Development Center. 

Exterior Bins include: 

ext bins

Another big change you’ll notice is the removal of all deskside trash bins from classroom and office spaces. Centrally located waste reduction bins will serve as the main hubs for waste disposal, while all deskside recycling bins will be upgraded with a mini-bin for trash items.

Note: Avoid placing wet, sticky items in your new mini-bin as these will not be lined and are emptied once a week by Custodial Services. See the FAQ's section to learn how to take care of your new mini-bin. 

New Trash Mini-Bin

How to Properly Sort Your Waste

With the new waste reduction bins, you will be able to separate your waste in any of the two bins: Mixed Recycling for recyclables, or Landfill│Trash for all items that cannot be recycled. Each bin is labeled and includes helpful signage with photos and a list of acceptable items to make sorting as easy as 1-2-3.

Still not sure where your waste goes? Check out this quick sorting guide to get started: 

zw sorting