The Waste Prevention Campaign seeks to help everyone understand their relationship with their waste. It has been made so easy to toss anything and everything into waste receptacles that now our trash bins are treated like black holes. In order to help others understand that landfills are finite spaces which do not have the capacity to store just any material, we seek to educate the student body on where their waste goes and how to properly divert waste from the landfill.
Additionally, Waste Prevention works with the Summer Orientation in regards to the Sustainable Programming. The Student Environmental Center has been collaborating with the orientations office for the past 4 years to ensure each session is a “zero-waste” event, the attendees are served an organic and mostly locally grown lunch as well as distribute re-usable tote bags to each incoming student.
Waste Prevention is currently working on the following projects:
- Slugware: Providing a set of reusable bamboo tableware for the Student Environmental Center as well as the Education for Sustainable Living Program. This set of bamboo table ware will divert a significant amount of one-time use plates/knives/forks/spoons/cups/bowls at the events both these organizations often hold and adds a holistic, sustainable vibe to any dining function. The recently implemented Bambooware provides an innovative and sustainable aspect to the future of Slugware at UC Santa Cruz.
Waste Prevention has completed the following past projects:
- Working with CRE at Redwood Grove apartments to spread Graduate Student housing compost system to the 118 Redwood Grove Apartments
- A hard copy document with guidelines on how to hold a Zero Waste Event
Refuse, re-use, recycle:
This Waste Buffet is composed of only a portion of the food that was thrown away during this lunch period....CrAzY!
Our campaign has worked with Dining Services to perform dining hall waste audits. This is where we collect the food thrown away throughout a 1 hour period, while outreaching and educating students on Food Waste. During the audit, we display a "waste buffet" of full plates of food that was thrown away during that 1 hour collection period in order to educate students on the waste stream they all participate in. Our campaign can coordinate your involvement in these efforts as well.