The UCSB Zero Waste Committee is a student group dedicated to reaching the UC system-wide goal of Zero Waste by the year 2020. We design and implement a variety of projects and sustainable practices that help our campus to be as zero waste as possible. In order to achieve Zero Waste by 2020, students must work together to minimize water and energy use, make more sustainable purchases, and recycle/compost as much as we possibly can. By making small changes together we can make a create a more sustainable and greener world!
In 2011, UCSB’s AS Recycling crew set out to become one of the first universities in the US to introduce compost receptacles on campus. In early 2012, a student run group called the Compost Pilot Project (CPP) was successful in making this a reality. The small group of committed CPP composters turned into the Zero Waste Committee the following Fall, with the purpose of doing campus outreach and creating projects to get UCSB to zero waste by 2020.
In June 2004 UCSB set forth a goal of becoming more zero waste by diverting waste from landfills as stated in the UC Office of the President’s Sustainable Practices Policy. UCSB met this goal of diverting 50% of its municipal solid waste from the landfill before June 2008, with a whopping 62%, and nearly obtained its goal of 75% diversion by June 2012.