Buffs, we’re trying to get to zero waste and we need your help to do it. You can save student fees and natural resources if you just choose to reuse.
Student fee funded buildings like the UMC and Rec Center have a zero waste by 2015 goal, meaning we will reuse, recycle, or compost 90 percent of our waste instead of sending it to the landfill. At 51 percent, we still have a long way to go. Simple choices you make when dining on campus can help CU Buffaloes continue to be leaders in campus sustainability.
Easy steps to zero waste:
- When eating inside the UMC, get your meal on real plates and bowls If you’re taking your meal to-go, sign up for Al’s Exchangeables, a reusable to-go container program with the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill. If you have to take single-use compostable items, make sure you compost them in the UMC, Regent, Education or the Business buildings. Landfilling compostable items releases potent greenhouse gases.
- Take a few seconds to make sure to sort your waste correctly. In studies at the UMC, almost 40% of materials sent to the landfill could have been recycled or composted. Read the signs above the bins in the UMC dining area, and download the MyWestern App from Western Disposal for a guide of what goes where.
- Use a reusable water bottle and coffee mug rather than single-use plastic or paper cups. Many places on campus give you a discount for doing this!
Want to find out how else to help? Check out the Environmental Center's website for more sustainability information and don’t forget to check out the Earth Day table in the UMC on April 22.