Zero Landfill Waste

An ambitious goal we can meet

Zero Landfill Waste Highlights

The Emory Waste Policy was rolled out in January 2018 to guide campus waste management changes. Designed to achieve our 2025 goals for waste reduction and diversion, this extensive program offers convenient recycling stations across campus and clear instructions to enable the entire campus community to eliminate landfill waste.

By 2025, Emory University will divert 95% of campus waste from municipal landfills.

Zero Landfill Waste Benefits

Emory University deeply values sustainability, and we are embracing the opportunity to for our entire community to develop habits that will encourage lifelong sustainable living. By 2020, all University departments will include information regarding Emory’s landfill diversion commitments in new employee, faculty and student orientation materials.

Waste is broken into specific streams to optimize revenue that can be realized from recyclables.

How It Works

All major University buildings are equipped with five standardized bins to collect the following commodities:

  • Compost
  • Plastics and Metals
  • Mixed Paper
  • White Paper
  • Landfill

Exterior bins will be standardized to provide two collection streams: compost and mixed recycling. There will be designated collection areas for glass waste.

The servicing of desk-side waste or recycling bins by Campus Services’ staff has been discontinued. While Emory staff and faculty may keep a bin or other container at their desk, they will individually transport their disposables to central collection areas.

All University events will be zero landfill waste events by 2020 and free from disposable plastic water bottles by 2025 unless granted an exception by the Executive Vice President for Business and Administration.