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Zero Waste Pilot Project

Zero Waste Pilot Project

Zero Waste Collaboration

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Compost truck uses arms to empty bin

The roll out of a centralized bin system within the buildings listed here, and eventually across campus, is the result of a collaboration between Facilities Management and Sustainability whose CalRecycle grant application helped fund a new compost collection vehicle to manage the future growth of our organic waste stream.

Not sure what goes in the waste, recycle and compost bins? Learn more and test your knowledge here.

Updated February 1, 2021

Did you know that 60% of our campus landfill could be composted?

One of the reasons this number is high is due to lack of convenient compost disposal locations.

Fortunately, this issue is resolved for 19 buildings participating in a zero waste pilot project collaboration between Facilities Management and Sustainability. 

Each of these facilities is now home to multiple sets of centrally located zero waste bins including paper recycling, bottle/can recycling, landfill and finally, compost — an option many employees and students have asked campus provide to improve diversion of commonly landfilled items like food waste, paper napkins, paper cups, cardboard pizza boxes and more.

Additional Benefits

In addition to convenient compost locations, this pilot project:

  • Allows individuals the opportunity to participate in supporting the campus's sustainability efforts 
  • Provides a location for additional waste removal, if needed
  • Supports the UC-wide commitment to Zero Waste
  • Supports the UC-wide pledge to become carbon neutral by 2025
  • Facilitates campus compliance with state regulations mandating an increase to our organic waste composting efforts (Senate Bill 1383 and Assembly Bill 1826)

Your feedback is important

The initial rollout of this new system is a pilot project from which we hope to gain insight for deploying this system across campus. Please provide your feedback directly to Custodial Services at custodial@ucdavis.edu.

Buildings with Centralized Bins

Building

Bin Sets

Location

Academic Surge

4

Map

ARC - Pavilion

2

Map

Asmundson Hall

   2

                               Coming Soon
Bainer Hall

6

Map

Briggs Hall

  7

                               Coming Soon
California Hall

  2

                               Coming Soon
Center for Companion Animal Health

1

Map

Chemistry Annex

  6

                              Coming Soon
Conference Center

  1

                              Coming Soon
Cowell Student Health Center

  2

                              Coming Soon
Cruess Hall

  2

                              Coming Soon
Earth and Physical Sciences

12

Map

Everson

2

Map

Facility Shop

  1

                               Coming Soon

Fire and Police

3

Map

Ghausi Hall

3

Map

Green Hall (Life Sciences)

  4

                               Coming Soon
Hart Hall

  3

                               Coming Soon
Hoagland Hall           2

                        Coming Soon

Hunt Hall

    2

                               Coming Soon
Hutchison Hall

 6

                               Coming Soon
International Center

  3

                               Coming Soon

Kemper Hall

4

Map

Kerr Hall

6

Map

Klieber Hall

  1

                               Coming Soon
Mann Lab

  1

                               Coming Soon

Math Building

4

Map

Meyer Hall

8

Map

Mrak

  6

                               Coming Soon
Music Hall

  1

                               Coming Soon
North Hall

  3

                               Coming Soon

Plant & Environmental Sciences

3

Map

Physics Building

6

Map

Robbins Hall and Annex

10

Map

Sciences Lab Building

7

Map

Shields Library

9

Map

South Hall

  3

                             Coming Soon
Storer Hall

  6

                             Coming Soon
Surge 2

  1 

                            Coming Soon
Tupper Hall

23

Map

Voorhies Hall

   6

                            Coming Soon
WaterShed Sciences

  2

                            Coming Soon
Wickson Hall

3

Map

Young Hall

  3

                             Coming Soon
Veterinary Medicine 1B

  2

                             Coming Soon
Veterinary Medicine 1C

  2

                             Coming Soon
     
  • Is your building next?  Click to see which buildngs will be receiving compost bins.

  • Building Estimated bin sets
    Aggie Surplus & Custodial 1
    Ann E. Pitzer Center 2
    Art Building 4
    Buehler Alumni Center 4
    Center for Health & Environment Toxic Pollutant Laboratory 2
    Center for Neuroscience 2
    Dutton Hall 3
    Environmental Horticulture 2
    Gallagher Hall 3
    Genome & Biomedical Sciences Facility 9
    Giedt Hall 2
    Haring Hall 4
    Hickey Gym 1
    Human Resources Administration Building 1
    IET Communications Resources 1
    Jungerman Hall 1
    Maddy Lab 3
    Medical Sciences I B (Carlson Health Sciences Library) 2
    Medical Sciences I C 3
    Nelson Hall 2
    Neurosciences Building 2
    Olson Hall 6
    Physical Sciences & Engineering Library 4
    Primate Laboratory 2
    Primate Respiratory Disease Center 1
    Pritchard VMTH 6
    RMI Brewery, Winery, and Food Pilot Facility 2
    RMI North 3
    RMI Sensory 6
    RMI South 2
    Roessler Hall 4
    School of Education Building 2
    Social Sciences & Humanities 2
    Sproul Hall 4
    Student Community Center 4
    Student Health & Wellness Center 3
    Transportation and Parking Services 2
    Valley Hall 4
    Veihmeyer Hall 2
    Vet Med 3A 8
    Vet Med 3B 8
    Vet Med Student Services and Administration Center 2
    Veterinary Medicine 2 2
    Wellman Hall 4
    Wright Hall 3

FAQ

  • When can I expect to see this change?
  • Employees in the above-referenced buildings will begin to see the zero waste bins stationed in their buildings beginning in mid-October 2020. 
  • How often will Custodial Services remove the waste in the centrally located bins?
  • These bins will be emptied 1-3 times a day, depending on need.
  • How can I learn more about what belongs in each type of waste bin?
  • You can read on this topic and test your knowledge with this online tutorial and quiz, check out this A-Z recycling guide or email recycling@ucdavis.edu with any additional questions.

  • What will the bins look like?
  • The bins are large, steel, building-code-compliant receptacles that are color-coded and labeled for easy sorting. There is a black bin for landfill, a blue bin with a round receptacle for bottles and cans, another blue bin with a slot for paper recycling and a green bin with a lid for compost. (See photo above.)
  • What can I put in my compost bin?
  • Our campus takes its compost to a commercial composting facility. This facility current accepts food waste (e.g. leftovers, banana peels, bones and eggshells, teabags and coffee grounds), paper/cardboard foodservice products (e.g. napkins, cup, plates, pizza boxes), wood products (e.g. toothpicks, wood chopsticks and utensils), and compostable plastic products (e.g. #7 PLA plastic containers from the Coffee House). To avoid contamination, please remove all non-compostable plastic (e.g. plastic bags/film, produce stickers, pizza tables, condiment packets, regular plastic utensils) and staples before composting. Learn more and test your waste separation knowledge here or email recycling@ucdavis.edu.
  • How many sets of bins will be located in each building?
  • Please refer to the chart above for information about how many sets will be in each building and where they will be located.
  • Will this system eventually be rolled out across campus?
  • Yes, we hope to learn from this pilot project and eventually roll this system out across campus.
  • My building already has a set/sets of centralized bins. Will I need new ones?
  • Custodial Services will not be removing any bins. Whether or not they are added will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

 

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