Created September 2018
Getting to Zero Waste
UC Berkeley is working to transform its recycling and waste systems so that the campus sends zero waste to landfills by 2020. Today we are diverting about 54% of our municipal solid waste stream to recycling, composting, or reuse. By the end of 2020 we want to be diverting almost all of the waste and meet our goal!
Can we do it? Many factors must come together, but if we accelarate what we are already doing well, and really activate each of us make zero waste choices, get the compostable and recyclable materials into the right bins, reduce our use of packaging and one-time use products and share and reuse we can do it.
Long term we are aiming for a circular vision or economy for our material use so landfill waste is in our distant past. Students, faculty and staff are already monitoring, advocating for policy, and piloting programs to build this cycle at here at home and around the world.
The Big Picture from our Zero Waste Leaders
Bring on the Bins
More about Zero Waste at Cal
Our campus hub is Cal Zero Waste, find out what the campus is doing in detail.
The student Zero Waste Research Center at UC Berkeley researches and implements upstream strategies for reducing campus waste, with a focus on purchasing, redesigning products, creating behavior change incentives, and instituting closed-loop “circular economy” waste systems.
See our Waste Goals and Performance.