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Waste Trends

Current Waste Trends through Power BI

Current waste trends at CSUSM can be viewed via our Power BI dashboard. The waste dashboard summarizes historical data of CSUSM's waste output and is considered complex data. If any assistance is needed to help break down the data into a more consumable format, or for any other accessibility need, please contact us at


Previous Waste Trends

As part of our Zero Waste by 2025 goal, we tracked down how much “waste” material leaves campus.  In 2015, over 2,100 tons of waste and recycled material left campus, increasing each year as our campus population grew. In 2018, we reduced our tonnage to less than 1,800 tons. Less material was sent to the landfill and diverted material tonnage was also reduced (significantly due to a benchmark update by our waste hauler). Additionally, our programming efforts overall have increased.


Pounds per person

*The second chart's data for 2020 is not available at this time, the metrics are from the SARC report which is not complete.