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Waste Reduction

Goal: Zero-waste for all construction projects and campus operations

CU-Boulder does an excellent job of recycling a majority of the waste from our capital construction projects. Our smaller construction projects don’t come with LEED building requirements, and therefore need a little help with recycling waste from these projects.  The campus is piloting a program to encourage all contractors on campus, no matter the size of the project, to recycle a majority of their construction and demolition (C&D) waste.

Efforts to reduce waste from campus operations being sent to landfills have also been extremely successful, as shown below:

Campus waste per person

Other initiatives include:

  • Investigating recycling options for waste from campus maintenance and grounds construction projects
  • Seeking funding for a potential oil filter diversion program
  • Outdoor zero waste stations around campus
  • Influencing vendors to reduce the amount of packaging
  • Standing Order Contract (SOC) program