Waste

reduction Program

Sustainable UGA waste reduction program

Will your department lead by example to reduce waste at UGA?

UGA sends 10 million pounds of materials to the landfill every year.  We believe there’s a better way… students, faculty, and staff at UGA can reduce waste and reuse materials to promote a healthy environment and a robust economy in Georgia.

The Sustainable UGA Waste Reduction Program provides tools and resources for convenient recycling, composting, and other strategies to reduce waste in your workplace.

5-step process to reduce waste at work:

1. commit to TAKE responsibility for your waste streams.

Partner with Facilities Management Division and the Office of Sustainability to reduce waste in your work place.  The Sustainable UGA Waste Reduction Program will provide tools and resources to get started, reduce waste, and enhance organizational culture over time.

Why It Matters: 

Committed leadership creates a culture of sustainability and a community of responsible waste producers.

 

What You Can Do:

    1. Assign a liaison to work with FMD and the OoS to walk through the 5-step waste reduction plan for your department.
    2. Provide a letter from the department head stating departmental commitment to participate in this program and reduce waste streams.
2. Educate all members of your department regarding waste reduction practices.

Why It Matters:

Recycling, composting, and waste reduction can be confusing! We want to bridge knowledge gaps with a nuanced understanding. 

What You Can Do:

  1. Coordinate with OoS to install signage on common area bins.

     

  2. Communicate and encourage waste reduction practices within your department through an in-person meeting and/or media correspondence. 
    For details regarding what and how to recycle at UGA, visit
    https://sustainability.uga.edu/campus-operations/waste-reduction/
    3. Recycle in common areas and at individual work stations by opting into the self-managed desk-side waste reduction system.

    Why It Matters:

    Proper recycling is one of the easiest ways to ensure your waste doesn’t make it to the landfill.  Taking control of your own deskside materials eliminates plastic bags from the waste stream and allows custodians to focus on other things.

    What You Can Do:

    1. Evaluate existing common area bins available in your building and coordinate with OoS and FMD to expand or modify as needed.
    2. Identify all members of your department who are willing to participate in the self-managed desk-side waste reduction system and help coordinate the delivery of new bins to each participant.
    4. Compost within your building through the departmental compost program.

    Why It Matters:

     Your coffee grounds and apple cores can grow healthy food for your neighbors. UGA compost helps to grow wholesome food at UGArden as well as school and community gardens around Athens. Turning food waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment restores healthy soils and reduces leachate, methane, and greenhouse gas emissions in landfills.

    What You Can Do:

    1.  Coordinate with OoS or contact compost@uga.edu directly to request compost bin service for your department.
    2. Help communicate why and how to compost correctly within your department.
    5. Lead by example as you continue to implement and share with others effective waste reduction practices in your workplace.

    Why It Matters:

    We all create and manage waste. Your department can provide a positive example and lead a culture of sustainability at UGA!

    What You Can Do:

    1. After basic infrastructure is in place, continue to implement practices that reduce the amount of waste generated by your department including hosting zero-waste meetings and events, collecting hard to recycle materials such as film plastic and styrofoam, and utilizing the Surplus Property listserv.
    2. Communicate with OoS monthly or as needed to discuss successes, challenges, and lessons learned.