Zero Waste

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 works  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).

The major ways the university diverts landfill waste is through recycling, reuse programs and composting.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Website



is the amount of waste NC State diverted from the landfill in fiscal year 2016.



How You Can Help

1. Bring your own cup, bottle, mug or bag to reduce use of disposable items on campus.
2. Recycle paper, plastics, cardboard, cans, plastic bags, electronics and even cooking oil on campus.
3. Compost food waste and paper-based food packaging at campus composting locations.


NC State’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling

NC State’s Cooperative Extension offers the following resources related to agriculture and food.