UDC News


To: University Community

Subject: Improved Campus Waste Management Plan

Dear University Community:

The Office of the Vice President for Facilities & Real Estate in conjunction and the University's Sustainability Initiative are excited to initiate the latest phase of the our enhanced waste management program for the Flagship Campus.

First, some facts about UDC and our current waste management practices:

The University is making strides to become more sustainable, and now there is a new way for you to do your part.

Starting today, April 19, 2011, there will be improvements to how trash and recyclable materials are handled on our campus.

Step 1 – The University's janitorial contractor will no longer empty your trash can. You will be responsible for depositing your trash into the new centralized trash and recycling stations placed throughout the campus. Employees are asked to continue taking their recyclables to the centralized recycling stations also placed throughout the campus.

Step 2 ‐ Your office trash cans will now be replaced with a new, compact "mini‐bins". These"mini‐bins" are intended to discourage waste production.

Step 3 – New, distinctive trash and recycling stations will be conveniently located throughout the campus to make it easy for you to empty your "mini‐bin".

Step 4 – Janitorial staff will use white or black colored liners for the centralized trash containers and will use blue liners for the centralized recycling stations.

The new mini‐bins that will replace your existing trash can are 6 inches tall and can hold 1.5 liters of garbage, and are meant to sit on individual desks. Each bin has a lid and the mantra"This is all the garbage I make!" in white letters to remind us all to create less waste. Barbara Jumper, Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate says "This new system, previously adopted by the University of Maryland and the DC government, has proven to both significantly reduce
the amount of trash produced while simultaneously increasing the percentage of trash that gets recycled. It makes people think about what they throw out and if they are doing it properly." Many offices have witnessed a 50% drop in the amount of garbage that gets produced and a 50% increase in the amount of trash that gets recycled. As a reminder the following is a list of items that can and cannot be recycled.

Items that CAN be recycled

Items that CANNOT be recycled



As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College of the District of Columbia, the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, the College Arts & Sciences, the School of Business and Public Administration, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the David A. Clarke School of Law.


Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371