Each year, the UVM community sends over 1,800 tons of solid waste to a landfill—or about 250 pounds for each student, faculty and staff member per year. Waste is generated in all university buildings including residence halls, academic and administrative buildings, dining facilities, research facilities and more.
The University contracts with a vendor selected through a competitive bidding process. Our contractor, All Cycle Waste is a division of a Vermont-based company, Casella Waste Systems. Our unique partnership with All Cycle encourages both parties to work towards the goal of efficiency. Because we pay for services "by the ton," the University has a direct financial incentive to reduce the amount of waste sent to a landfill. Most buildings are serviced using standard front-load containers (sometimes called Dumpsters) which range in size from two (2) to ten (10) cubic yards. Some of the larger buildings -- including Billings, Living/Learning, Davis Center, Harris-Millis, CBW, Given Complex and Health Science Research Facility-- have self-contained trash compactors on site. These larger compactors are only emptied on an “as needed” basis, thus reducing the amount of truck traffic and hauling required.
Over the past decade, we have improved the aesthetics, ergonomic safety and access for many trash collection areas on campus. Click here to see "Before and After" photos of these improvemements!