Martin Maines, Unity’s Recycling warrior, has been hard at work developing a range of tracking and reporting systems to really understand our waste diversion rates and campus recycling habits. The good news, by the tremendous effort of our stellar recycling crew and the support of recycling users throughout campus, our recycling stream is really clean. Our waste diversion rate — that is, all campus waste that we keep OUT of the landfill, averaged about 42% last calendar year. Not too shabby, but definitely needs some work.
A February waste audit of residence halls revealed just how much better we can do. The above image shows the percentage of waste found in residence hall trash that could have been recycled if disposed of properly (in green). Waste Audit results by residence hall have been posted in each hall for users to see the details.
This week, we’ll be checking residence halls again and the most improved hall will win a pizza party — sponsored by Student Activities and our Earth Week planning team. Come out to the Earth Fair on Friday at 3pm to see the results. Additional prizes if you correctly guess the most improved residence hall.
So keep your trash recycling free! And get that recycling out of the landfill!