Waste Reduction and Recycling

A major university like NC State needs and uses lots of resources.

With the leadership of its Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, NC State actively creates procedures, procurement and a culture where source reduction of materials is the first priority for waste reduction followed by reuse and recycling. Waste is a potential loss of resources that would otherwise have economic and environmental benefits. The university has set a goal to achieve a 60 percent waste diversion rate by 2015, with a stretch goal of achieving a 65 percent as outlined in the Sustainability Strategic Plan. The University works to accomplish this through defined strategies of source reduction, programs and creating a culture shift toward waste consciousness. Many campus waste reduction efforts are 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).