UO Zero Waste Program


The University of Oregon Zero Waste Program provides state of the art waste reduction and recovery opportunities to campus while reducing greenhouse gas production. The Program is student staffed and provides hands-on experiences for students through jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and class projects. The Program works in partnership with other schools, government, municipalities and state and national recycling associations to promote and develop waste reduction and recovery opportunities to benefit society for generations to come.


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RecycleMania is national recycling competition between universities that spans eight weeks. In addition to the national participation of RecycleMania, a recycling Civil War is organized between the University of Oregon and the Oregon State University.

RecycleMania Civil War: Oregon vs Oregon State - Feb. 4 - March 31

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UO's Zero Waste Program plays important role in university's recycling process
February 1, 2018

Across Franklin Boulevard lies the farm up north where all of your waste goes. A row of blue, plastic 55-gallon drums hold anything and everything from hundreds of metal cans to empty Reddi-Wip whipped cream bottles. Every item thrown into the wrong bin ends up here to be sorted. Student workers [...] Read full story