Why Reduce Campus Waste?
Since 2001, the office of Waste Reduction and Recycling has managed a robust waste diversion program on campus. Guided by NC legislation Senate Bill 111 (mandates state entities to recycle and reduce waste) and General Statute 130A-309.10(f-m) (bans landfill disposal of certain items), the Waste Reduction and Recycling office offers convenient indoor, outdoor and special event recycling, including yellow bins just for electronics that are banned from landfills.
How NC State Reduces Waste
In 2012, 47 percent (calculated by: recycled material / waste + recycled material = diversion rate) of campus waste was diverted from landfills. With a goal of diverting 65 percent of campus waste from landfills by 2015, NC State encourages students, faculty and staff to reduce, reuse and recycle:
- Hundreds of indoor and outdoor recycling bins throughout campus
- Composting of food waste from campus dining halls and pizza boxes
- WE Recycle program during home football games averages 6.9 tons of collected recyclables per game
- Pack N Give residence hall move-out initiative that redirects thousands of pounds of reusable items to local nonprofits
- Litter clean up events such as Rubbage Ride
- Bulk waste convenience site that recycles or reuses almost all materials
- Plastic bag recycling
- Special event recycling, composting and waste services
- Office or departmental bulk clean-out and recycling programs