Skip to main content
Recycling Bins

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

Campus Waste Reduction Projects

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.

These UNC partners support Zero Waste

Zeroing in on Zero Waste To Landfills

Tar Heel, Ball Corp. aluminum cups Tar Heels, Ball Corp. introduce recyclable aluminum cups

February 6, 2020

Carolina will become the first university in the ACC to feature the recyclable cup. The aluminum cups contain an average of more than 70% recycled content thanks to their high recycling rate.

Categories: Campus Sustainability News, UNC Three Zeros News, Waste News


The 2019 NACUFS Sustainability Award A Win for the Environment

August 15, 2019

Carolina Dining Services – run by Aramark, the University’s dining contractor – received the 2019 Silver Award in Sustainability for Education and Outreach from the National Association of College and University Food Services for #EatSortWinUNC, a social media-based educational campaign that was introduced in Lenoir Hall in fall 2018.

Categories: UNC Three Zeros News, Waste News


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.

Categories: UNC Three Zeros News, Waste News