Live Waste Tracking
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 academic core, UCM Recycling currently does not directly handle housing and dining waste. We can't reach zero without your help!
Current Campus Diversion: 37%
*Diversion represents the amount of waste that is being removed from landfill. Zero waste is considered anything above 95% diversion.
Current Academic Core Diversion: 75%
Current Academic Core Waste Statistics:
- tons of recyclable material
- of yard waste (tree branches, grass clippings, etc.)
- of food waste/compost
- of landfill materials
Current Housing/Dining Diversion: 19%
Current Housing & Dining Waste Statistics:
- 86.12 tons of recyclable material
- 20.16 tons of cardboard
- 468.08 tons of landfill material
The amount of waste that is being removed from landfill. Zero waste is considered anything above 90% diversion, so the higher our diversion percentage the better!
Plastic cups, aluminum cans, paper, glass, cardboard, metal, and much more are all a part of what we recycle. This material is then sent to and to be recycled.
The plants you see on campus produce tons of compostable material, including grass clippings and hedge trimmings.
Items like laminated paper, candy bar wrappers, and paper backed tinfoil can't be recycled or composted and must be sent to landfill instead.