News Category: zero-waste

Global Awareness Points the Way for Local Action

Aug. 22, 2019

Single-use is now part of the lexicon, but the amount of trash created by cups, water bottles, plastic bags, straws and other items that are not reused is becoming unsustainable.

Putting a Year's Waste into a Mason Jar

Aug. 5, 2019

Meet Viashali and Kiara, two UT Austin undergraduates who met as roommates their freshman year and embarked on a zero waste lifestyle.

Recycling the Right Way

July 24, 2019

UT Austin collected 2200 tons of recycling last year and recently received assurances from the local recycler that the material is not being piled or landfilled. Still, we all need to Recycle Right because nine percent of our current trash is actually recyclables while up to a fifth of recycling is actually trash and could result in fines for the university.

City Works to Clean Up West Campus Move Out

July 12, 2019

The end of July is the time when many of the 18,000 students who live in West Campus move out of their apartments, and the City of Austin is working to make certain household items are slated for reuse instead of the landfill.

Orienting New Students to Green UT

June 5, 2019

UT Austin is working to make new student orientation more sustainable, with both the physical reduction of waste by composting and redistributing lunch boxes and with info sessions for how to live greener while on campus.

Texas Athletics Receives Green Sports Alliance Award ... Again!

May 29, 2019

University of Texas Athletics has been named one of the Environmental Innovators of the Year by the Green Sports Alliance for the second year in a row, the organization announced Wednesday. 

Campus Reinforces Support of Zero Waste Goal

May 2, 2019

​The campus has shown growing support for zero waste this spring semester, from a presentation by Resource Recovery to Staff Council to supportive legislation passed by the Graduate Student Assembly and other matters.

In the News: Sustainable Game Day Events

April 15, 2019

Texas Athletics is recruiting students to volunteer at Texas Baseball and Softball Gameday Sustainability Events over the next three weeks. Director of sustainability Jim Walker said diverting waste from landfills demonstrates the University’s commitment to recycling and composting.

“(Sporting events cause) huge spikes in waste material,” Walker said. “(The) landfill waste stream is the most expensive way we can manage waste, so as much as we can divert into recycling, compost — it saves the University money.”  

How Students Green Events on Campus

March 15, 2019

The goal is zero waste, and the Green Events team from the Campus Environmental Center has been helping UT Austin student organizations compost and recycle during events large and small since 2012.

Piloting a Sustainable Move-Out in West Campus

Feb. 20, 2019

Last summer's [Re]Move + [Re]Use pilot sucessfully diverted 62 tons of material from the landfill.