Recycling & Refuse

Zero Waste

UCI has committed itself to achieving the UCOP goal of Zero Waste by 2020. Zero Waste allows us to minimize the material going to landfill and maximize the materials that are recycled and composted, leading to a lower carbon footprint and a cleaner environment. UCOP has defined Zero Waste as diverting 95% or better of campus solid waste from landfill - making the actual waste from the university as close to zero as possible. UCI is well on the way to achieving its goal of Zero Waste by 2020. We have a diversion rate of 82%, meaning that our campus has diverted 82% of all its waste from landfill to recycling and composting facilities. We have certified 5 buildings as Zero Waste facilities, which means that for these buildings, achieving at least a 95% diversion rate is a way of doing business all day every day:

Recycling On Campus

Annual Recycling Report

Bottle-Filling Hydration Stations

Mini-Bin Big Change Program


Student Resources

UCI Solid Waste

Water Conservation

Zero Waste

Zero Waste Facility Award

Congratulations to these dining facilities, which have achieved certification as Zero Waste:


Brandywine Commons

Lot 5 Mesa Commons

Pippin Commons

Phoenix Grill

Street Sweeping

Recycling 2012

Recycling Signs