ZERO WASTE WORKPLACE Year in Review for Admin. Services Buildings I, II, & III

In 2015, Waste Reduction & Recycling examined the waste-to-landfill dumpsters on campus and discovered that in our academic and administrative buildings, compostables made up 38% of the landfill waste, and recyclable paper and containers were nearly 22% of the landfill waste.

Contents of Waste-to-Landfill in Academic & Administrative Buildings

These findings inspired the Zero Waste Workplace program where offices, departments, and buildings can institute a few simple changes in order to strive for, and possibly achieve, zero waste.

Coordinated by the office of Waste Reduction & Recycling, with the support of University Housekeeping, the Zero Waste Workplace began as a pilot program in Administrative Services Building III in July 2016.

Zero Waste Workplace incorporates 3 primary components: bin optimization, composting, and education.
Bin Optimization includes updated collection sites; Compost bins for paper towels in restrooms, and food collection in break rooms added; Educational tabling, combined with staff meetings, online videos, emails, and printed flyers help building occupants better understand Zero Waste Workplace.
The success of Zero Waste Workplace in Admin III inspired users to adopt the program in Administrative Services Buildings I & II in October 2016.
In December 2016, WRR released the first round of results- The Administrative Services Buildings had diverted over 2,300lbs. of compostables from the landfill and increased their recycling by 11.2%!
Zero Waste Workplace earned Waste Reduction & Recycling and University Housekeeping a City of Raleigh Sustainability Award for Outstanding Work in Environmental Education.
The program also received a Green Brick Award from NC State Sustainability!

At the end of March 2017, WRR released it's second round of reports for Zero Waste Workplace in the Adminstrative Services Buildings: The monthly averages for compost collections increased by 85lbs! Recycling monthly averages also increased by 32%!

Zero Waste Workplace is working because of the building users. In order to recognize these efforts, a Zero Waste Workplace Champion recognition platform was created for those who:

Demonstrate a consistent pattern of commitment to the Zero Waste Workplace program; Cultivates and promotes recycling, composting, and overall waste diversion in the work environment; Exhibits behaviors consistent with NC State's overall sustainability goals and supports the best practices which strive for zero waste at NC State University.
Zero Waste Workplace Champions
Zero Waste Workplace has now been running for one year in the Administrative Services Buildings I, II, & III.
While there were moments of improvement needed....
Zero Waste Workplace has diverted more than 5,600 lbs of compostable material away from the landfill.
This material is processed into nutrient rich soil and brought back to NC State's AgroEcology Farm to grow produce for University Dining.
The compost is also brought back to fertilize the playing fields on Centennial Campus and Miller Fields making the grounds softer and chemical free for both humans & animals.
The Court of North Carolina also uses compost as a fertilizer.

Zero Waste Workplace is making NC State University a better place for our staff, students, and for the planet.

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