Facilities Management

Something to Celebrate: UCI Zero Waste Events

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Each year, UC Irvine hosts a wide variety of events on its campus. We are proud to share that more and more of these events are Zero Waste Events. With a little planning, any event can become a Zero Waste Event, which means that 95 percent of more of all waste produced is diverted away from landfills and goes instead into recycling or composting bins.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, Homecoming, Summerlands, Staff Appreciation Picnic, Disney Water Teaching Event, and the Dalai Lama Summit all achieved a diversion rate of more than 95 percent. This is an extremely significant accomplishment considering that each event attracted more than 4,000 attendees.

There are several ways in which campus events can become Zero Waste Events. Facilities Management provides Zero Waste Stations that consist of three bins: Landfill, Compost, and Recycling. This system provides attendees with options to sort the waste. Additionally, "Trash Talkers." who are friendly volunteers, attend events to help students and event-goers learn more about how to sort their waste. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Rr6VTzdTw&feature=youtu.be to watch a video about UCI Trash Talkers and Zero Waste!

Facilities Management has created a set of Zero Waste Event Guidelines for event planners that includes a complete list of Zero Waste techniques. Event planners can make sustainable improvements with regards to waste disposal, bin signage, communication materials, food materials, and transportation.

With the increase of Zero Waste Events on our campus, attendees will be able to contribute to our campus sustainability efforts, as well as enjoy the event experience - Now that's something to celebrate!