About Waste


  • Consider the full life cycle of materials and how they enter our waste stream
  • Discourage wastefulness and over-consumption of goods and resources
  • Conduct regular waste audits to improve trash and recycling efficiency
  • Track and assess waste diversion efforts (see waste reporting tool)
  • Provide clear and accessible waste disposal instructions to student, staff, and faculty
  • Determine ways to decrease the amount of non-biodegradable waste on campus


ATLAS Assessment



Papercut, which was instituted in 2009, is a program that sets per person limit on printing.

Give It Up!  The end-of-year move out donation program has diverted tons of reusable items from the waste stream since its inception in 2010.  Coordinated by the Center for Learning in Action, the program brings in storage pods near student residences for a few weeks at the end of the school year.  GIU! interns transport donations to the Congregational Church, which cleans, organizes, and stores items until their tag sale in the fall.