Become an educated consumer and really look at what you purchase.
Is it made of quality material? Is there an option made from recycled content? How many times will it be used? How will it be disposed when you no longer want it?
Our recycling program has evolved from "reduce, reuse, recycle" to encourage a more comprehensive methodology to minimize waste produced on campus. Members from each of the CSU campuses have collaborated to develop the following zero waste hierarchy: rethink, reduce, reuse/return, recycle/compost, responsible disposal.
A zero waste goal does not mean there is no waste, it is a functional zero meaning the campus operates to continually strive to reduce how much waste goes to the landfill.
In 2018 we updated our annual Thank You for Recycling Day event to Journey to Zero Waste Day. To encourage sustainability and reduce waste on campus we gave away stainless steel straws, bamboo utensil sets, water bottles made from recycled content and jar openers made from tires. We also gave back to the campus community approximately 40 boxes of office supplies and 3-ring binders. We hosted over 650 attendees at this event. Many thanks to those whom helped make the event a success!