Waste Reduction Program

The Waste Reduction Program diverts waste from landfills in support of U-M’s sustainability goal of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40% by 2025. Major initiatives include recycling and composting. The recycling program has been reducing waste on campus for more than 30 years. The university has been composting since 1997 and its expansion has the potential to reduce the university's waste to landfill by up to 40%.

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ChEM Reuse Program

Help keep our recycling and compost clean!

Do you know where to throw your coffee cup or plastic bag? The images below highlight commonly misplaced items, which contaminate the recycling or compost. Would you like to help spread the word? Order free materials to post in your work space.

It takes all of us to keep our recycling and compost programs strong! Learn why this is especially important now due to world recycling market changes.

Know where to throw: items commonly misplaced in the recycling bins are coffee cups, plastic bags, and napkins and paper towels. These are not recyclable.   Items commonly misplaced in compost bins are sugar packets, plastic wrap or plastic bags, and regular paper cups and plates. These items are not compostable.