UF has set a goal of Zero Waste by 2015. To help us reach this goal, the UF Office of Sustainability and the Physical Plant Division are working together to assess our waste stream and implement comprehensive waste reduction and recycling programs for UF.
With current initiatives, UF achieves a waste recycling rate of nearly 40%, or over 6,000 tons of material annually. Throughout campus, divisions are doing their part to divert waste streams. For example, all yard waste generated on campus is re-purposed into mulch at a local recovery facility, dining services collects cooking-oil waste for recycling, and animal bedding in the Vet school is being decontaminated and composted for commercial forestry.
All of these efforts are an important part of waste reduction at UF, but none of them is possible without the cooperation and commitment of individuals. To help UF reach its goal of Zero Waste, it is important that everyone do their part to divert waste streams. You can help reduce waste by remembering that we need not only to recycle, but also think about how we can lower our consumption of disposable goods, reuse or share items, and purchase items with recycled content.
For more information on campus paper reduction efforts and our paper-focused REthink campaign for 2012-13 please click here.