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Cal Poly Works to Ramp Up Zero Waste Program

Cal Poly has been acting under state mandates and a California State University system policy to reuse and recycle more of its waste to achieve a waste diversion goal of 80 percent by 2020.

California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been working to develop a comprehensive zero waste program for the past two years. Cal Poly has been acting under state mandates and a California State University system policy to reuse and recycle more of its waste to achieve a waste diversion goal of 80 percent by 2020.

To achieve its waste diversion gal, Cal Poly has phased in zero waste stations, which allow consumers to sort their trash into compost, recycling and landfill bins. And while these stations feature easy-to-understand graphics, the president of the Zero Waste Club at Cal Poly is concerned that students aren’t using the university’s new waste and recycling resources to their full potential.

KCBX has more:

Over the past two years, California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo has been working to develop a comprehensive zero waste program. Cal Poly has been acting under state mandates and a California State University system policy to reuse and recycle more of its garbage.

The goal with these new policies is to divert 80 percent of waste from landfill by 2020. This is a complete flip for the university, as it was previously sending 80 percent of waste to the landfill, while diverting only 20 percent.

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