To reduce the environmental impacts of our waste, UW Bothell strives to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill, filtering it instead into composting and recycling streams. The following actions help us reduce our total landfill waste on campus:
- 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. Event bins are provided for additional waste support, so that all UW Bothell-held events have compost and recycling options.
- Cafes on campus are stocked with compostable plates, flatware, and cups wherever possible and these can be disposed of in the compost bins.
- UW Bothell composts food waste and yard waste on-site, which allows the campus to re-use some of its own organic material on campus garden beds, through vermicomposting and yard waste compost managed by the Grounds Department.
- Facilities Services coordinates the collection of other institutional waste including block styrofoam, wood pallets, and scrap metal.
- Electronic 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.
- 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 centrally purchased by UW Bothell is made from recycled material.