Dear students, teachers and staff,
On February 1, the university’s new waste reduction policy went into effect. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the University of Illinois at Chicago achieves its waste reduction goals to increase its landfill diversion rate from 45% to 50% over the next decade and to become a zero-waste campus by diverting 90% of waste destined for landfill. material by 2050.
Reducing the use of single-use plastics, paper and bottled water, decreasing food waste and redistributing unwanted materials from one department to another reduces purchasing expenses and collection costs waste for the university while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfill materials. Following these guidelines will help UIC close the loop by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and favoring materials that contain recycled materials, in line with UIC’s climate commitments.
Students, faculty, staff, and guests should participate in the university’s waste reduction efforts by following instructions regarding the separation of recyclable and non-recyclable materials and placing recyclable materials in properly marked recycling containers. To comply with the policy, all academic offices, departments and units must also:
- Reduce consumption by limiting unnecessary purchases and purchasing environmentally friendly supplies from approved suppliers, unless the use of the product constitutes an undue practical hardship.
- Use potable tap water for all events where it is available and is not too expensive to use, rather than buying bottled water.
- Buy paper with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content and reduce paper consumption by using electronic processes and double-sided printing. In accordance with the Illinois Sourcing Code, preference should be given to paper products containing verified post-consumer recycled content or other reclaimed materials, with remaining virgin tree fiber content certified by Forest Stewardship Council or equivalent certification system.
In order to achieve UIC’s zero waste campus goal, each unit and college will also develop a zero waste plan with input from their departments and support from the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management. .
If you have any questions or need more information about this new policy, please contact [email protected]
Thank you for your support of this important campus waste reduction initiative.
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services