With an 80 percent diversion rate, UC Irvine is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming a “zero waste” campus, a designation afforded UC campuses that divert 90 percent from local landfills. Zero waste, as defined by the University of California, is diverting 90 percent or more of campus municipal solid waste from landfills – making the amount of waste produced from the university as close to zero as possible. Zero waste allows us to minimize the material going to landfill through reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting.
In 2018, UCI reached a 16 percent total waste reduction per weighted campus user (WCU). This meets the University of California systemwide goal to reduce per capita total waste by 15 percent from fiscal year 2015/16 levels by 2020.