Minimizing the waste we allow onto campus and recovering reusable resources are crucial components of achieving the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative’s goals for a zero-waste campus. Efforts to reuse and recycle campus waste have significantly reduced the total amount of material UNC sends to the landfill: diverting 5,814 tons from the landfill in 2017, for a diversion rate of 45 percent, compared to 12 percent in 1990. This requires campus-wide sustainable materials management and individual behavior change.

Campus Waste Reduction Projects

In 2017, we diverted 45 percent of our waste from the landfill by recycling and composting.

These UNC partners support Zero Waste

Zeroing in on Zero Waste To Landfills

owrr move-in staff in front of dumpsters Recycling Ambassadors Greet Students at Move-in

August 15, 2018

When students return this weekend for the start of the fall semester, the OWRR Student Move-in team will be waiting for them at residence hall dumpster stations.

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Carolina Dining Services Reduces Waste Across Campus

August 9, 2018

When students return to campus this fall, there will be new programs to reduce waste on campus and move UNC toward its Three Zeros Environmental Initiative goals. They will now be able to purchase a Carolina Dining Services reusable coffee mug or water bottle, supporting the Three Zeros. These cups…

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UNC Athletics and Three Zeros: A Winning Team

July 9, 2018

When fans pack Kenan Stadium for football games this fall they will be participating in environmentally sustainable programs Athletics has implemented in support of the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative.

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