Zero Waste

Getting to Zero Waste

Zero Waste Coalition Leaders meet with Chancellor Christ

UC Berkeley is currently working toward our Zero Waste by 2020 goal to greatly reduce the amount of campus waste sent to landfill. Today we are diverting about 54% of our municipal solid waste stream to recycling, composting, or reuse. Our goal is to divert 90% or more of our everyday waste by the end of 2020!

To help us achieve this goal: put compostable and recyclable materials into the right bins, reduce usage of packaging, plastics, and single-use products, and use more reusables! For more ways to get involved in the Zero Waste Movement on campus, check out the Zero Waste Coalition.

The Big Picture from our Zero Waste Leaders

What is Zero Waste at UC Berkeley

Bring on the Bins

Cal Zero Waste and Facilities Services have installed over 85 solar compacting multi-stream (recycling, compost, landfill) exterior bins on campus. In addition, they are standardizing all campus operated buildings with interior multi-stream bin systems, including campus dining and residence halls. Education and behavior change are the keys to success in this process - our whole community must recycle, compost, and continue to find better ways to reduce and reuse.

More about Zero Waste at Cal

Our campus hub is Cal Zero Waste, find out what the campus is doing in detail.

For more information about zero waste at UC Berkeley, click here to read UC Berkeley's 2019 Zero Waste Plan.

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.

Created September 2018

Participate in Zero Waste Efforts

You can help Berkeley reach its Zero Waste goals by utilizing the Big Belly Bin solar waste compactors for recycling and composting. These compactors are located all over campus.

solar compactor bins near Barrows Hall

Big Belly Bins near Barrows Hall

solar bins near Wheeler Hall

Big Belly Bins near Wheeler Hall