U-M’s waste prevention goal focuses on pursuing purchasing, reuse, recycling and composting strategies toward long-term waste eradication.
Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40 percent below 2006 levels.
Zero-waste campus events
Members of the U-M community helped reduce waste generated on campus by hosting a zero-waste event. The Office of Campus sustainability provides guidance and assistance to students, faculty and staff for creating a zero-waste event, where 90 percent of waste is diverted from the landfill through recycling and composting. U-M composted 615 tons of food waste in fiscal year 2017.
Reducing waste at Michigan Medicine
Michigan Medicine is gearing up to launch the Blue Wrap Recycling Program, a pilot program focused on reducing hospital waste sent to the landfill through the recycling of unique medical plastics. The program is tentatively set to begin in March at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. In addition, pre-consumer composting within the University Hospital has diverted an estimated 190 pounds per week from the landfill.
Other 2017 Highlights