Zero Waste


    UC Santa Cruz is committed to reaching the University of California Office of the President’s Zero Waste goals. UC Santa Cruz strives to not only to reduce the total amount of waste generated on campus but also to divert more waste from landfill! We have reached our waste reduction goal for 2020 and are working hard to increase our diversion rate from 51% (FY19) and decrease contamination in campus recycling. 


    • Confused about which items go in which bin? Check back soon for a UC Santa Cruz-specific waste sorting platform - Academic Year 2019-20 Student Sustainability Advisor project. While our waste sorting platform is under development, please visit the City of Santa Cruz's What Goes Where Guide.  
    • Want to help reduce recycling contamination at campus events and learn more about Zero Waste? Become Trash Talker Trained! Next training will be hosted on May 4, 2020. E-mail Kristen Lee, Sustainability Programs Manager, to RSVP!
    • Attend the Sustainability Certificate Program's newest required core course - Beyond the Blue Bin: Understanding Zero Waste. Open to UC Santa Cruz faculty, staff, and graduate students. Register here for the next Beyond the Blue Bin course on April 29, 2020.
    • The UC system has banned styrofoam packaging (with exceptions for lab/medical foam); UC Santa Cruz is working with current major contracted suppliers about compliance with the ban. Please use this form to report packages you've received that contain styrofoam (January 1, 2020 and onwards)!
    • Work in an on-campus laboratory and want to reduce your waste? Check out the Green Labs waste reduction page
    • Zero Waste video series - coming soon!