Reducing Impact

To reduce the environmental impacts of our waste, UW Bothell strives to divert as much waste from the landfill into composting and recycling streams. We are fortunate to be able to partner with the City of Bothell and with Recology as our waste service provider, who offers us recycling and compost service campus-wide. The following actions help us reduce our total landfill waste on campus:

waste bin with recycling, trash, and compost receptacles

  • UW Bothell contracts with Recology to provide single-stream recycling and compost service in addition to trash service, which allows the campus community to recycle all commercially recyclable and compostable materials.
  • Triple station bins with educational signs for what to compost, recycle, and throw away have been installed in most of the campus buildings. Additional bins for compost and recycling are provided for event support so that all UW Bothell-held events can have compost and recycling.
  • Cafes on campus are stocked with compostable plates, flatware, and cups wherever possible and these can be disposed of in the compost bins, which get hauled to a local commercial composting facility.
  • UW Bothell composts food waste and yard waste on site, which allows the campus to keep and re-use more of its organic material within campus boundaries, through vermicomposting and yard waste compost bins managed by the Grounds Department.
  • Facilities Services coordinates the collection of other institutional waste including block styrofoam, wood pallets, and scrap metal.
  • Additional waste receptacles throughout campus for collecting lightbulbs, batteries, and cell phones.
  • Large equipment, appliances and furniture that are no longer needed are returned to the UW Surplus program which handles the collection and re-allocating of all extra materials throughout campus.outdoor yard waste compost bins built from recycled wood pallets
  • LEED Certification requires that all new building 
  • C&D practices must include contractors reporting their C&D waste diversion. Discovery Hall achieved 86% construction waste diversion.
  • Hazardous waste generated at UW Bothell is disposed of through the University of Washington’s institution-wide hazardous waste disposal program through the Environmental Health and Safety Department.

Efforts are made to reduce paper use and waste throughout the department and the campus. All printers are automatically set to double-sided printing and all paper, which is centrally purchased. Invoices, time sheets, and other university business is primarily conducted digitally via e-mail and online reporting systems.