UC Merced is committed to achieving zero landfill waste by 2020, and in order to achieve this goal we closely monitor our waste stream. Below you will find current waste numbers for our entire campus. We would like to mention that while we hand sort all waste for upper campus, UCM Recycling currently does not directly handle lower campus waste. We can't reach zero without your help!
Upper Campus Diversion 2016: 83%
*Diversion represents the amount of waste that is being removed from landfill. Zero waste is considered anything above 95% diversion. The higher our diversion percentage, the better.
In 2016, upper campus produced:
- 112.30 tons of recyclable
- 87.86 tons of yard waste (tree branches, grass clippings, etc.)
- 99.32 tons of food waste
- 60.76 tons of landfill materials