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Policy Target: Zero Waste to landfill by 2020

UCLA has a comprehensive recycling and waste management program. The University has a program that recycles a wide variety of materials including food and beverage containers, plastics, paper, metals, green waste, food waste,  construction waste, electronics, and more. The University has also pursued a number of waste reduction initiatives, from clothes donation to paperless initiatives. If you have questions about what goes in the bins, or how to recycle different materials, check out our Recycling FAQ. UCLA’s Zero Waste efforts were recently highlighted by the Mayor’s office in a special City of LA Zero Waste Progress Report.


Current Projects

Reducing and Composting Restroom Paper Towels

In an effort to reduce the consumption of paper towels, UCLA will be placing these labels to encourage users to reduce paper towel usage.  Paper towel receptacles designated for composting will also be provided in the restrooms as well to reduce the university’s carbon footprint.

Zero Waste Volunteer Buildings

Buildings and departments on campus are participating in a Zero Waste Volunteer Program as we prepare for a university-wide transition.  These volunteer sites will receive new tri-stream containers, which will allow users to sort their waste into compost, recycling, and landfill streams.  We are currently accepting more volunteer sites.  If you are interested in getting a head start in transitioning your department or building, please contact Kikei Wong, Zero Waste Coordinator, at kwong@facnet.ucla.edu.

Improving Waste receptacles on campus

You asked, we listened!  We will installing more compost containers throughout campus and improving the signage on our current trash and recycling containers.  Be on the lookout for the new containers!

Partnering with Human-I-T

To achieve highest and best use of materials, UCLA has partnered with Human-I-T to refurbish electronic waste rather than sending the materials to recycling/demanufacturing.  The refurbished products will be provided to low-income individuals, underserved communities, and nonprofits in need of technology, internet, and digital training.  You can learn more about Human-I-T by clicking here.

Partnering with Two Bit Circus Foundation

Are you planning an office cleanout or have a lot of usable offcast materials that can be used in classrooms and STEAM projects? UCLA has partnered with Two Bit Circus Foundation, formerly known as Trash For Teachers, and will donate supplies cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship, and spur community engagement. Please contact Kikei Wong, Zero Waste Coordinator, at kwong@facnet.ucla.edu if you have any supplies you would like to donate.

Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Do you have furniture in good, resalable condition that can be donated? UCLA has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to rehome such furniture where proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter in local communities and around the world – a good deal for you, your community, and the environment. Donated furniture will be brought to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles ReStores, home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home goods, building materials and more. Please contact Kikei Wong, Zero Waste Coordinator, at kwong@facnet.ucla.edu with photos of any furniture you would like to donate.

To help you determine what furniture is considered “good and resalable”, click here to view the slides provided by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

Planning documents:
UCLA Zero Waste Plan

Media and awards: 
UCLA Newsroom: UCLA to go zero waste by 2020
UCLA Newsroom: Composting puts campuses closer to Zero Waste Goal
Sierra Cool Schools 2009 Highlight