Facilities Management

Recycling & Refuse

Section 1

Zero Waste Logo

UCI has committed itself to achieving the UCOP goal of Zero Waste by 2020. Zero Waste allows us to minimize the material going into 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 90% or more 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 81%, meaning that our campus has diverted 81% 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 90% diversion rate is a way of doing business all day every day:

Recycling On Campus

Annual Recycling Report

Bottle-Filling Hydration Stations

Commingled Recycling Program

Green Office Certification



Water Conservation


Donation Bins

Green / Zero Waste Event Resources

Student Resources

Printable Signs


UCI Recycling Social Media Links

Video Library

Zero Waste Facility Award

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

  • ARC
  • Brandywine Commons
  • Lot 5 Mesa Commons
  • Pippin Commons
  • Phoenix Grill