Materials & Waste

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compost
Look for the new compost bins at the Ampitheater in January to dispose of your food scraps and compostable plates, cutlery and cups.
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Have Yourself a Green Holiday!

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pumpkin and decorations
UVA 3rd-year Halle Krantz provides great ideas for having a green, sustainable Halloween. She is a Student Employee at the Office for Sustainability and is studying Public Policy & Leadership and Global Sustainability.
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UVA Green Game volunteers Oct 16-2021
Student volunteers helped divert 12,000 pounds of waste from going to the landfill on UVA's Green Game day October 16.
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Roberts, Fox, and Smith
By Amy Preddy Hughes; Photo by Kay Taylor
With little fanfare, UVA Health’s Sustainability Work Group hustles diligently behind the scenes to make UVA a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place. Recently, the Work Group completed a project that turned heads. It earned the UVA Medical Center more than $108,000!
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single-use plastic items on a beach

UVA's Single-Use Plastics Reduction Strategy

In March 2021, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 77: Virginia Leading by Example to Reduce Plastic Pollution and Solid Waste, which requires all state agencies, including institutions of higher education to cease buying, selling, and distributing single-use plastic and polystyrene food service containers, single-use plastic straws and cutlery, disposable plastic bags, and single-use plastic water bottles by July 21, 2021.The order also calls for agencies to phase-out the use of of all other single-use plastics by 2025. This order is a positive step toward making our whole Commonwealth cleaner and our economy more sustainable. It also aligns closely with the University’s own sustainability goals and work that has already been underway to reduce single-use plastics.

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Random items, such as a chandelier and chair, on display
Second-hand stores offer a sustainable, fun, and often more affordable way to shop while mitigating waste and promoting a circular economy. If you’re in the market for school supplies, clothes, furniture, home goods, vintage items, accessories and masks, outdoor gear, and more, check out Charlottesville’s many second-hand stores!
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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?