Tackling Zero Waste: Tiny changes to make a difference

The University of Texas at Austin has a zero waste goal: to achieve 90% waste diversion from landfills by 2020. This means that by 2020, the campus wants to ensure that 90% of the waste generated can either be recycled or compost. And, achieving that is no simple feat!

Here are some five, little changes you can do that will make a big difference in our campus!

1. Get a Starbucks Reusable Cup!

A lot of people think that one cup doesn’t make a big difference, but if you do the math, you’re actually making a big difference! Consider this: Let’s say an average student buys 3 cups of Starbucks coffee in a week, which is about 36 cups in a semester. Even if only a third of the students at UT belong to that category, the campus throws away 600,000 cups! USE REUSABLE COFFEE CUPS! It really helps.

2. Aluminum Foil is Recyclable

A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that Aluminum foil is in fact one of the most recyclable materials. So, don’t forget to recycle the aluminum foil after you have your breakfast tacos!

3. Use a reusable Water Bottle

The average American consumes an enormous 167 bottles annually. Reusing water bottles can make a big difference!

4. Eco2Go

The Division and Housing and food has an ongoing reusable takeout container program, Eco2Go. By paying $5, people can get a ‘coin’ to collect a reusable takeout container for their food at Jester City Limits, Littlefield Patio Cafe or Cypress Bend Cafe, instead of using disposable containers. Participants also get a 5% discount per meal!

5. Compost

Most trash cans in and around campus have compost bins. If you have any food waste, remember that you can dispose it in the compost bins!


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