wasteWe like to say that at UVM, we were recycling before it was cool. The total amount of waste generated on campus has steadily declined through three decades of campus-wide efforts to recycle, compost and promote zero waste principles.  

Results and highlights

  • Find out what to recycle at UVM from the Recycling and Zero Waste office. Or join a listserv that allows you to ask recycling questions of your UVM community.
  • Food waste and compostable packaging are collected at all resident and retail dining locations and then taken to the Green Mountain Compost facility. Check out the latest on composting here.
  • A barn full of university surplus property—including old furniture and equpment—is made available to community members during weekly sales. 
  • Techno trash recycling boxes are provided around campus for electronic waste. UVM ships this material to a vendor for safe recycling.
  • UVM's green building policy ensures that a majority of building construction and demoliton (C&D) waste is diverted from landfill disposal. For example, during construction of the Davis student center, 92% of the construction waste was reused or recycled. 
  • Take the Eco-Reps' quiz on how best to sort waste on campus.

 

Academic connection:

News: As municipalities across the country consider banning food waste as a strategy to combat climate change, a new University of Vermont study offers policy lessons for rural communities.

While Vermonters support banning food waste from landfills – and a whopping 72 percent already compost or feed food scraps to their pets or livestock – few say they are willing to pay for curbside composting pick-up, new University of Vermont research shows. Full story about UVM composting study>

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Tons of food scraps and compostable items ("organics") are diverted from the landfill in an average week, and hauled to Green Mountain Compost to be turned into nutrient-rich soil.

 

It's in Vermont's DNA.

Reducing food waste and composting scraps helps cut greenhouse gas emissions and minimizes dependence on landfills in Vermont. Starting July 2020, state law bans food scraps from the trash.

UVM supports this work daily in our dining halls, and also by offering community programs like the Master Gardener's Master Composter Course