Zero Waste

Policy Target: 90% diversion from landfill, 25% reduction of waste per capita from 2016 FY levels by 2025

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 FAQs.

To reach our ambitious waste reduction and diversion goals, we need help from the entire UCLA community. This means taking daily, meaningful steps towards more sustainable options such as purchasing recyclable or compostable products in your office, brining reusable foodware and bottles, and taking only as much as you need in the dining halls. For tips on how you can help, please review the available resources on this website.

Current Projects

Single-Use Plastics Policy

UCLA is committed to reducing the university’s environmental impact and developed a Single-Use Plastics Policy. The policy will phase out food accessory items such as plastic utensils, cups, lids, bowls, plastic bags, and ultimately eliminate single-use plastic water bottles while increasing access to water-refilling hydration stations. This is envisioned to cover not just sit-down and take-out restaurants, but everything from conferences, catered meetings, and events large and small.

Waste Centralization

As campus moves forward with standardizing centralized waste collection, Facilities Management will be providing 3-stream containers, which will allow users to sort their waste into compost, recycling, and landfill streams. If your building or department is approved to return to campus, please contact us at to identify the number of bins needed, as well as bin placement.

As campus updates and standardizes infrastructure, Facilities Management has published a Waste Bin Requirements document is available to ensure that departments purchasing receptacles meet Facility Management’s Scope of Work and have consistent messaging. This document provides guidance on placement of waste receptacles and offers options for waste bins that meet the requirements should a department need additional or alternative bins.


Contact us at if you wish to donate any materials to any of our partners.

Student Organizations

Are you planning an office cleanout and have a lot of usable supplies for students? UCLA is working with various student organizations that will provide resources to students at no cost.


To achieve highest and best use of materials, UCLA has partnered with Human-I-T to refurbish electronic waste (including lab equipment) rather than sending the materials to be recycled. The refurbished products will be provided to low-income individuals, under-served communities, and nonprofits in need of technology, internet, and digital training. The remaining non-salvageable goods will be recycled through a certified process. You can learn more about Human-I-T by clicking here or submit an e-waste request through the Recycling Request Form.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Do you have furniture or small appliances in good, usable condition that can be donated? UCLA has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to rehome these items 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.

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.

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