Zero Waste


Reach zero solid waste to landfills by 2020 through active reduction, reuse and recycling programs.

Zero waste targets typical solid waste sent to landfills and seeks to reduce waste generated, create reuse opportunities, and increase recycling.


Recycling and reducing waste has a long tradition on the Davis campus, and the Davis campus diverted 79 percent of its landfill-able waste this past year.

Students have spearheaded a number of waste reduction initiatives, including Project Compost, the Aggie Reuse Store, and the campus Waste Reduction and Recycling group.

Waste reduction is a key goal for academic and research projects, such as the campus renewable energy anaerobic digester which takes campus organic waste and makes biogas from it, and the gravel washing operation, which cleans gravel from animal cages and reduces total waste sent to the landfill by one third.

Next Steps

ESS is underway with preparing a Zero Waste Integrated Management Plan to address how the campus will meet the zero waste goal.

Students and staff at work on a research project to see how much waste can be recycled, composted or moved to specialty disposal.

The UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester at its opening ceremony on April 22, 2014.

Design Museum opening for Professor Ann Savageau’s Bags Around the Globe art installation exploring plastic bag waste problems.