Everyone has heard the slogan, "reduce, reuse, recycle." It is synonymous with sustainable resource use and is often one of the first environmental behaviors people choose. Yet, despite this message, a significant portion of the trash now sent to the landfill by the institution could have been recycled or composted. The Natural Resource Conservation Plan set the goal of achieving a Zero Waste Campus by 2020. This goal heralded a new era in which waste is no longer seen as an inevitable byproduct of supporting the university's educational mission.
As the university continues to grow, resource recovery will continue to expand to foster the highest and best use of university