U-M is installing standardized waste bins, signs, and labels across campus to make it easier to reduce, recycle, and compost. By December 2017, 149 buildings had been standardized with approximately 3,500 new bins and 500 retrofitted bins.
University Hospital just underwent a bed replacement project, replacing approximately 650 adult beds throughout the hospital. Rather than discard the old beds, the project team worked with an organization that repurposes medical equipment for use in developing countries.
As of December 2017, 30 buildings have ongoing compost collection service. A successful pilot of breakroom composting in Fleming Building diverted about 30 percent of the material that was being sent to landfill. The Office of Campus Sustainability also directly supported 125 one-off zero waste events, hosted by various departments.