Waste Reduction and Recycling

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Mrak Hall Suite 436 (Fourth Floor of Mrak Hall)
Hours
Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM
Phone
(530)752-7456
Fax
(530)752-2553
Website
[WWW]http://sustainability.ucdavis.edu/topics/waste_reduction/index.html

In January 2011, the Waste Reduction and Recycling (WRR) program, formerly known as R4 Recycling, transitioned into the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. WRR is committed to maintaining effective and responsive waste reduction services on the UC Davis Campus by working with the Custodial Division, Grounds Division, Solid Waste Services, and many other campus departments. Furthermore, WRR is fully dedicated to supporting the campus community through sustainability education and offering students and staff tips to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. WRR is constantly innovating and implementing new ways to encourage recycling and composting efforts throughout the campus community.

WRR Background, History, and Goals

Waste Reduction and Recycling originally started out as R4 Recycling and was created in response to the passage of California Assembly Bill 939 (AB 939) and California Assembly Bill 75 (AB 75) in 1989 and 1999 respectively. AB 939, known as the Integrated Waste Management Act, stipulated that county and local governments divert at least 50% of their waste away from landfills by the year 2000. Similarly, AB 75 required state agencies and other large state facilities to divert at least 25% of their waste from landfills by 2002 and at least 50% by 2004. While UC Davis was legally exempt from AB 939 and AB 75 as a research-based institution, the University voluntarily committed itself to act in accordance with the law as a responsible and conscientious employer, educational establishment, and community member.

Through R4 Recycling, UC Davis has implemented numerous waste diversion programs to further Campus recycling efforts. In accordance with the aforementioned assembly bills, the Campus has adopted the following waste diversion goals and thus far has met each benchmark successfully:

The 4 R's

While the program is no longer called "R4 Recycling," the message of the 4 R's continue to be extremely relevant in the current sustainability efforts:

Programs

R4.jpgIt's fun to explore this crevice.

Some of the projects WRR staff have initiated throughout the UC Davis campus include:

Reusable mugs are a great way to reduce and reuse. WRR distributes awesome mugs at many campus events which can be used for discounts at the Coffee House or at your own convenience at home.

WRR oversees campus events to ensure that they adhere to campus policies and help the school towards its 2020 zero waste goal. This means that all waste from an event should be composted and recycled instead of being sent to the landfill.

Mini-bins are desk-side paper recycling bins with a small landfill attachment. These bins helps make recycling easy and accessible while discouraging landfill usage.

Construction and demolition related activities play a significant role on the campus landscape. It is important to ensure that new developments on the UC Davis campus do their part to forward Campus ideals and encourage waste diversion.

Electronic waste constitutes a major part of our modern day waste stream. However, unlike typical waste, electronic waste cannot be landfilled because it contains hazardous chemicals and materials which can leak into the surrounding environment and adversely affect peoples' health. WRR provides conveniently located Multi-bins around campus where community members can safely deposit batteries, CD's, printer inkjets, and miscellaneous electronic equipment. These are tall blue bins located at the ARC, Shields Library, Memorial Union, and the Silo.

recycling_bins.jpgSome of the many R4 bins found outside the Social Sciences and Humanities Building.

R4 History

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2005-02-28 13:02:52   Word has it that the administration is planning on cutting Zero-waste events, styrofoam recycling and worms! Who cuts worms? They are free! —MikeSiminitus


2005-05-24 03:43:54   Don't give up! Conservation must prevail. R4Ever!!!!!! Go Mike! I don't have compost, but I'm all about the rec bins. =) —EllenSeeley


2005-06-09 23:34:15   R4 is here to stay, so it seems. An extensive search for new student staff is underway. YES R4 IS HIRING! Call to apply! —MikeSiminitus

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