UCI defines zero waste as diverting 90% or more of campus municipal solid waste from landfills, which makes the amount of waste produced from the university as close to zero as possible with today’s current diversion mechanics. UCI has led with its recycling, composting, and reuse programs to eliminate waste and maintain ~80% diversion rates the past few years. More information about zero waste efforts can be found at Facilities Management.
According to UC Policy on Sustainable Practices, UCI must reduce municipal solid waste generation by 25% per capita by 2025 and 50% by 2030 (based on data from 2015). UCI must also reduce and then eliminate single-use items.