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Reduce! Waste Reduction at UC Merced

Reducing the amount of waste produced is a key component to achieving UC Merced's goal of producing zero waste by 2020, as part of the Triple Net Zero committment. We are continuously working toward developing new sustainability solutions as well as improving our current system. Here are some of our completed and on-going projects.

Paper Reduction

The default setting for office printers is double sided to help reduce paper waste. UC Merced's health center is now paperless!

Payroll Services and Student Business Services are also working to reduce our paper impact.  Through Payroll Services, staff can sign up for direct deposit, online earning statements, and electronic W-2 forms.  Through Student Business Services, students can sign up for direct deposit and can receive refund checks electronically (EFT).

Here are the UC Merced numbers as of February 2015:

  • Electronic W-2: 94.14%
  • Direct Deposit: 89.22%
  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for Student Refund: 72%