"Zero Waste" and UVM
"Zero Waste" refers to a philosophy of changing our business
practices, our personal and institutional habits, and
our purchasing decisions to result in less waste or "zero" waste.
Sometimes also called: waste reduction or waste prevention . Recycling and composting practices are good,
but our ultimate goal is to create "less waste"
in the first place and to use our materials and resources more wisely. Here are some examples:
- Tray-Free Dining: University Dining Services eliminated the
use of trays in three "all you care to eat" resident dining areas. This
action has reduced the amount of "post consumer"
food leftovers by about 40%.
- UVM Telecommuncations Department
discontinued publishing the
hardbound copy of the Staff, Faculty & Student Directory. This
has eliminated seven (7) tons of telephone books annually from our
- Procurement Services contracts with an office supply vendor
corrugated plastic shipping boxes to deliver supplies around campus.
This practice has greatly reduced the use of corrugated
cardboard shipping boxes on campus.
- Browse the menu to the left to learn more about our Zero
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