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Waste Reduction

Right Thing, Right Bin   

Waste poster Sign of Compostable Items: Food scraps & Leftovers, Compostable Products - cups, plates, napkins, clamshells, etc. Recyclable Items: Plastic containers and bottles, metal containers, aluminum cans, paper & cardboard, glass bottles and jars
  • Chip Bags & Candy Wrappers
  • Condiment and Creamer pods
  • Red & Black Straws
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Hot Coffee Cups from Starbucks, Caribou, etc. 
  • Styrofoam
  • Food (leftovers, scraps, peels, etc)
  • Napkins, paper towels, food-soiled paper
  • Compostable to-go products from UMD food outlets
    • Plates, Coke cups, lids, & straws, clamshells, red & white trays, sub & burger wrappers, utensils, coffee cups and lids, Eco Green Stripe cups
  • Plastic bottles & containers, Eco Blue Stripe cups
  • Aluminum cans
  • Metal containers (e.g. soup/tuna cans)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Paper, magazines, newspaper
  • Paperboard (cereal/cracker boxes, etc)
  • Cardboard (breakdown and set alongside bins)

Reducing waste reduces our campus carbon footprint. 

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

Column Chart of compost, recycling, reuse/donation and landfill tonnage data from 2017-2018.    

*Includes Academic buildings, Residence Halls & Apartments, Kirby, Dining Center, Chester Park, and NRRI.  

Column Chart of diverted material and landfilled material, by tonnage, from 2017 and 2018

*Diverted material is the total tonnage of compost, recycling, and reuse/donation material. 

Live Off Campus? 

For information on composting opportunities in the Duluth area, visit the WLSSD website to learn about their Food Waste Recycling program and Drop Off locations.

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