Strategy 5.0 Sustainable Materials and Reduced Waste Streams
These solutions will help UIC achieve it's commitment to be a Zero Waste Campus and can help UIC save 200 MTCO2e annually. Read the full report, including how we calculated the GHG emissions reduction potential in the full Climate Action Implementation Plan.
5.1 Implement Unit-Level Waste Reduction
Solution 5.1.1 Department and Unit Zero Waste Plan
UIC’s current recycling rate is around 45%. The goal of the UIC Recycling Program is to minimize waste through landfill reduction by 90%. Because there are unique waste diversion opportunities and areas for improvement for each department and unit on campus, these partners need to provide input and develop a plan within their units to contribute to UIC’s zero waste efforts.
5.2 Optimize University-Level Operations
Solution 5.2.1 Operational Waste Collection Efficiency
There are two major operational efficiency initiatives around waste and recycling collection that will simplify recycling for the campus community, increase operational waste collection efficiency, and reduced fleet GHG emissions. The first is to transition to a single-stream recycling system (from multi-stream; to consolidate currently separated recycled materials of paper, cardboard, and bottles/cans). The second component is installation of Wi-Fi enabled solar compactor outdoor trash and recycling containers.
Solution 5.2.2 Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste
5.3 Reduce Food Waste
Solution 5.3.1 Food Scrap Collection
UIC will expand food scrap collection (composting) to all Student Centers operations as well as UI Health for kitchen scraps. Composting should also be available to cafeteria customers for their scraps as well. Future food service contracts will require “front of the house” and “back of the house” composting by all vendors at UIC including UIC Dining.