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Waste Reduction

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

Chart. Material Disposal, 2017-19. Compost: 157.2T 2017, 176.6T 2018, 183.2T 2019. Recycling: 247.7T 2017, 360.1T 2018, 363.1T 2019. Reuse/donation: 23.4T 2017, 25.6T 2018, 27.7T 2019. Landfill: 737.2T 2017, 696.7T 2018, 612.4T 2019.,

*Includes Academic buildings, Residence Halls & Apartments, Kirby, Dining Center, Chester Park, and NRRI.


Right Thing, Right Bin   

Compostable Items: Food scraps & Leftovers, Compostable Products from campus dining: coffee cups, coke cups, plates, napkins, clamshells, utensils, Great Grains wrappers, fry boats

Food (leftovers, scraps, peels), napkins and paper towels, compostable to-go items from UMD Dining

Recyclable Items: Plastic containers and bottles, metal cans, aluminum cans, paper & cardboard, glass bottles and jars. Do not put plastic bags, styrofoam, or hot coffee cups in the recycling.

Plastic jugs and tubs, metal cans, glass bottles and jars, paper, magazines, newspaper, cardboard

Trash Items - go to landfill. Pizza boxes, chip bags and wrappers, styrofoam, non-compostable to-go coffee cups. Do not put electronics in the trash -- they are ewaste.

Greasy pizza boxes, chip bags and wrappers, styrofoam, hot coffee cups from off-campus

Specialty Recycling

Some things can't go in your regular recycling bin -- check this list to find out what to do with special items.       

Waste Audits & Assessments

In order to measure our progress towards proper sorting and waste diversion, waste audits and assessments are periodically performed. 

Composting Off-Campus

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

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