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What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century. It includes 'recycling' but goes beyond recycling by taking a 'whole system' approach to the vast flow of resources and waste through human society.

Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace.


The UO Zero Waste Program is committed to: eliminating discards, reducing waste and recovering resources through waste minimization, reuse and repair, recycling and compost. The Program was founded by students in 1991 and continues to be staffed by mostly student employees. In 2012, the Program took a leap to become the UO Zero Waste Program. As the program began with recycling it has evolved to include reuse, waste reduction, composting and zero waste events. Thus, the Program has taken on a new path of zero waste.

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ZERO WASTE CAMPUS TOOL KIT Recycling and Beyond: A College Primer
UO Campus Standards for Zero Waste


How To Use University of Oregon's Zero Waste System


Keep Sorting out the recycling


Quick Reference About Recycling Info for UO Faculty and Students

A Day at Zero Waste


UO Greeks Go Green
Fraternity and Sorority Life

Read more about the program here

The Green Event Form
Find Organizations - Stay Connected - Keep Track of Involvement


Project Polar Bear
Project Polar Bear is a way for small teams of young people
and groups/classrooms to collectively make a big difference!
The bi-national contest challenges young leaders to develop community projects that reduce the
carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere.
especially those that engage and sustain community action.

Check out the UO "Don't Kill Polar Bears" section.


Plastics Recycling: You’re Doing it Wrong.
And So is Everybody Else!

Don't Kill Polar Bears

Bottled Water Campaign

Smart Paper Choices

Lane County Master Recycler Program

Reduce Reuse Repair



Repair and Reuse — Recycle Later

The grassroots repair and fixit movement


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