Waste Reduction and Recycling


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.

Since 2001, the office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (WRR)  has managed a robust waste diversion program on campus, which includes outreach and education among the campus community. In 2012, 47 percent (calculated by:  recycled material / waste + recycled material = diversion rate) of campus waste was diverted from landfills.

From a campus bulk waste site that recycles or reuses almost all material to a robust Pack N Give residence hall move-out initiative that redirects thousands of pounds of reusable items to local nonprofits, the Wolfpack is making significant strides in waste reduction. 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), WRR offers convenient indoor, outdoor and special event recycling, including yellow bins just for electronics that are banned from landfills.

Students are also involved in litter clean up events such as Rubbage Ride as well as the WE Recycle program during home football games.  While fans are tailgating, a team of student volunteers led by Caldwell Fellows educates and encourages fans to recycle at Carter-Finley Stadium. This partnership with Athletics, Wolfpack Sports Marketing and Waste Industries,  averages 6.9 tons of collected recyclables per game.