Waste Reduction

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Right Thing, Right Bin   

Items that belong in the trash bin: candy wrappers, chip bags, condiment packets, to-go cups from Starbucks, Caribou, etc (non-compostable), Solo Cups
Items that are compostable: food scraps/waste, paper products, to-go ware from campus dining (cups, plates, utensils, french fry trays, sandwich/burger wraps, napkins), Coke cups/lids/straws
Items that are recyclable: paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, cups, and containers, aluminum cans and metal containers

Reducing waste is an important part of reducing our campus carbon footprint. 

As part of UMD's commitment to reduce campus emissions, the Energy Action Plan outlines short and long-term goals for waste reduction and recycling. Currently, UMD boasts a 50% recycling rate (the amount of waste recycled, compared to total waste generated) - a great baseline for continued improvement. 

At UMD, we're committed to reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting to cut the amount of waste our campus sends to the landfill.           

Campus-Wide Recycling and Compost Collection

Trash, compost, and recycle bin from UMD campus

You can find waste collection stations all across campus. "No Sort" Recycling bins allow you to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass jars, paper, and more - all in the same bin!

Our Compost bins help to divert food waste, compostable to-go containers (from the food court, coffee shop, and Center Court), napkins, and more. These items are sent to an industrial compost facility in West Duluth and turned into fertilizer to help build soil.


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