Waste management is one of the greatest sustainability challenges facing residential facilities. Extensive measures have been undertaken by RSSP to provide the right infrastructure for students to implement sustainable habits.
- All residents living in campus housing have access to compost, recycling & landfill bins in their residence halls and are provided with regular education about proper sorting methods.
- 7,940 dorm mattresses have been recycled since 2010.
- 50% of the residential rooms’ furniture is green certified & contains recycled content. The solid wood material removed each year is used in the following year’s furniture order.
- 9,660 pounds of carpet were recycled in 2019.
- 30,000 pounds of over-produced food is recovered from the dining halls annually, preventing food waste and supporting the campus basic needs program. Each weekly donation provides the campus pantry with around 300 meals.
- Concessions’ efforts allowed athletics to be the winner of the Pac 12 “Road to Zero Waste” Basketball Competition five years in a row.
- Our campus features a Zero Waste Conference Center located at Clark Kerr.
- The Clark Kerr vermicompost bin repurposes up to 150 pounds of food waste from Clark Kerr Dining Hall daily, which is eventually used as fertilizer.
- ~10,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, accessories and linen are donated annually through the Move Out donation drive.