Waste Reduction


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Right Thing, Right Bin   

Items that belong in the trash bin: candy wrappers, chip bags, condiment packets, to-go cups from Starbucks, Caribou, etc (non-compostable), Solo CupsItems that are compostable: food scraps/waste, paper products, to-go ware from campus dining (cups, plates, utensils, french fry trays, sandwich/burger wraps, napkins), Coke cups/lids/strawsItems that are recyclable: paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, cups, and containers, aluminum cans and metal containers
  • Chip Bags & Candy Wrappers
  • Condiment and Creamer pods
  • Red & Black Straws
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Hot Coffee Cups from Starbucks, Caribou, etc. 
  • Styrofoam
  • Food (leftovers, scraps, peels, etc)
  • Napkins, paper towels, food-soiled paper
  • Compostable to-go products from UMD food outlets
    • Plates, Coke cups, lids, & straws, clamshells, red & white trays, sub & burger wrappers, utensils, coffee cups and lids, Eco Green Stripe cups
  • Plastic bottles & containers, Eco Blue Stripe cups
  • Aluminum cans
  • Metal containers (e.g. soup/tuna cans)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Paper, magazines, newspaper
  • Paperboard (cereal/cracker boxes, etc)
  • Cardboard (breakdown and set alongside bins)

Reducing waste is an important part of reducing our campus carbon footprint. 

As part of UMD's commitment to reduce campus emissions, the Energy Action Plan outlines short and long-term goals for waste reduction and recycling. Currently, UMD boasts a 50% recycling rate (the amount of waste recycled, compared to total waste generated) - a great baseline for continued improvement. 

At UMD, we're committed to reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting to cut the amount of waste our campus sends to the landfill.           

Campus-Wide Recycling and Compost Collection

Trash, compost, and recycle bin from UMD campus

You can find waste collection stations all across campus. "No Sort" Recycling bins allow you to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass jars and containers, paper, paperboard, and more - all in the same bin! Break down cardboard boxes and place next to collection bins. 

Our Compost bins help to divert food waste, napkins, compostable containers (from the food court, coffee shop, and Center Court) and more. These items are sent to an industrial compost facility in West Duluth and turned into fertilizer to help build soil.

Live Off Campus? 

For information on composting opportunities in the Duluth area, visit the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District website to learn about their Food Waste Recycling program and Drop Off locations.

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