Materials & Waste

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A student donating gently used items to a Goodwill donation box on Grounds for Hoos ReUse.
UVA’s Hoos ReUse program provides students an opportunity to donate gently-used or unwanted items to various community organizations in hopes of minimizing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Hoos Reuse will still take place this year but will look differently given the ongoing COVID-19 situation. While waste minimization is certainly important, the health and safety of our community takes top priority during this year’s campaign. If you choose to donate, please be sure to practice social distancing and review best practices listed by the Center for Disease Control.
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Photo of a blue and black recycling container that reads " Plastic, Metal, Glass, Recycle"
February 3, 2020
If you’ve ever recycled a peanut butter jar, you probably have had the same thought as me: by the time I have scrubbed it clean, rid the jar of all the oil, and diligently sorted it into its paper grocery bag to recycle, is this jar even going to make a difference? Where will it even go?
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The Materials Working Group is a sustainability group dedicated to reducing material waste on grounds. We reside under the Office of Sustainability's Environmental Stewardship Committee and work with faculty and staff from the Recycling Department, OFS, and more to make real change at UVA.

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Fresh herbs and greens in a basket after being harvested

Composting

Composting takes place at various locations around Grounds and during zero waste events and is an important initiative for reaching our landfill diversion goal.

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Hosting a zero waste event (ZWE) means that at least 90% of waste generated will go to a compost facility or recycling facility - review this guide or call the Office for Sustainability (434-297-7964) to learn about various landfill minimization practices.

Residential Recycling

Students living on Grounds should practice proper recycling by sorting recyclable items into the appropriate bin. Each room is issued a stackable two-bin recycling unit. One bin (blue) is for mixed paper, and one bin (green) is for plastics, metals, and glass. Contact UVA Recycling if your room does not have one or both of these recycling bins.

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ROSE store shelves full of office supplies

Materials & Waste

UVA’s materials and waste footprint covers the purchases & waste produced in UVA’s health system, academic buildings, residential halls, athletics venues and more. Currently, UVA generates approximately 15,000 tons of municipal solid waste annually and has seen a decrease of approximately 4.7% in total waste since 2014.

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Students walking through the colonades near the Lawn
With the end of the school year and the departure of students, comes a large level of waste production. The Hoos ReUse program returned this year to take back gently used items to donate them to a number of charities.
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UVA Grounds

Steward seeks to ensure the stability and longevity of both natural and human environments to support the goals and functions of the University. UVA’s Grounds consists of 550 buildings which includes a world class health system, a UNESCO World Heritage site, cutting edge research labs and classrooms that comprise a top tier public university that over 14,000 students call home.