Zero Waste

Zero Waste is based on diverting as much waste as possible from going to the landfill. It promotes source reduction, reuse, recycling and compost as alternatives to landfilling waste.  UNC Charlotte's first zero waste goal was set at the Jerry Richardson football stadium when it opened its doors in 2013. The Student Government Association passed a resolution to make the stadium zero waste, and it has been operated that way for the past five years. The highest diversion reached at a football game was in 2017 with 84% of the waste being either recycled or composted. 

In the spring of 2018, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling and the Office of Sustainability piloted three zero waste basketball games and reached a 50% diversion rate for one of the men's games.

Below you'll find out how you can get involved! 



Zero Waste Student Volunteers During the 2018 Football season, UNC Charlotte participated in the Game Day Recycling Challenge. During the November 12 game against Western Kentucky University, we had a diversion rate of 56%



In spring 2018, two men's basketball and one women's basketball game were operated using zero waste principals. At the mens game on January 27, Halton Arena was able to divert 52% of the waste generated to recycling or composting. We hope to continue piloting zero waste at basketball games this upcoming season, so stay tuned to get involved. 

Zero Waste Basketball Information Table

JANUARY 27, 2018 

52% Diversion Rate
7 Zero Waste Volunteers
4,592 Game Attendance

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