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Waste Management

Objective: Reduce production of municipal solid waste by 10% from 2012 levels by the end of 2017.


Reduce municipal solid waste by educating the campus community in a way that encourages behavior change.

  • Prioritize becoming a zero organic waste campus by 2017.
  • Continue participation in Recyclemania waste competition.  Provide resources necessary to increase promotion of this event.
  • Provide ongoing education of the campus regarding the campus bio-digester facility. Encourage the segregation of organic waste for use in the Bio-Digester.
  • Host educational movies on campus regarding waste such Plastic Planet.
  • Utilize students to conduct waste stream audits. Publicize results.
  • Encourage faculty and staff to select only electronic versions of magazines and trade publications.
  • Encourage campus departments to produce only electronic versions of annual reports, brochures, or other correspondence.
  • Create brochure regarding the surplus equipment program.


Increase the diversion of materials from the waste stream.

  • Identify areas that are underserved and add additional recycling containers to campus facilities and grounds.
  • Purchase and install organic food waste recycling containers.
  • Continue to enhance recycling efforts during move-in and move–out days in campus residence halls.
  • Support efforts to procure biodegradable plastics for waste bags and eating utensils to reduce the amount of contamination in the waste stream.
  • Encourage faculty and staff to clean out offices.  Recycle all discarded paper waste materials.
by Spanbauer, Bradley R last modified Apr 17, 2014 03:07 PM

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