Race to Zero Waste
What is Race to Zero Waste?
Race to Zero Waste is a national competition between colleges and universities in North America. From February to March, campuses compete to see who can come the closest to Zero Waste. There are many categories, but USU is competing in the “Diversion” category, which tracks compost, recycling, and trash. You can help by reducing your trash, recycling, and composting food scraps!
This year we have an exciting schedule of Race to Zero Waste Events! Check out our event calendar below and make sure to come support recycling at USU!
February 17, 2021
Food Waste Seminar
- Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00 pm
- Come learn about how and why to compost, how to make a personal compost bin, and more! This webinar will be focused all about food waste, and what you can do to help.
April 8, 2021
True Blue Resuse and Fix It Fair
- Thursday, April 8 @ TSC Fountain, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Learn How to Compost
When food decomposes, it needs air to break down properly, but in a landfill it's put under anarobic conditions which increases carbon output. Compost bins and piles are a great way to break down organic materials and makes good, healthy fertilizer, not to mention divert all of that food waste from the landfill! Learn how to compost in this video!
Tour the Recycling Center
Did you know that Utah State has it's own recycling center? Located near the stadium, the USU Recycling Center takes in all of the paper and plastic that Aggies throw in the recycling bins on campus. Take a tour with us and learn how USU handles recyclable materials.
Recycling on Campus
There are a lot of ways to recycle on campus, such as battery recycling drop-offs, composting, and plastic bag drop offs! Read through the list below for the different ways to recycle you stuff!
COMPOSTING There is a big yellow compost bin on the corner of Natural Resources- Biology, right by the sky walk.
BATTERY RECYCLING Throughout campus, you will find battery drop offs in areas like the TSC and Engineering building.
PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING You can srop off your plastic bags at the Campus Store and your local on campus housing office.
RECYCLING BINS There are recycling bins in every building on campus. Be sure that you only drop off cleaned plastic types 1 and 2, and collapse all of your cardboard boxes. Logan City also has a recycling program simlar to USU's.
GLASS RECYCLING (OFF CAMPUS) These are the following glass recycling locations near USU: Justice Court (446 N 100 W),
Fraternal Order of Eagles (900 N 200 W), East of Subway (1750 N Main), and Logan Landfill (200 N 1400 W).
ELECTRIC WASTE DROP OFF Best Buy (1475 N Main St) accepts electronic waste like computers, TV's, and printer ink.
How to Minimize Waste as a College Student
We've heard a lot of great stories about reducing waste while in college, and have put together a list of our Top 10 Ways to Minimize Waste as a College Student!
- Buy a Water Bottle, or bring your own mug to on-campus dining locations for a discount on your coffee!
- Refrain from buying the most up-to-date technology; using your phone for as long as you can greatly reduces your carbon footprint.
- Go thrift shopping! There are so many on-trend and good-looking styles at many of the thrift stores in the valley.
- Compost, we even have a bin by the NR-Biology building for you to drop of your waste.
- Bring your own reusable takeout boxes and utincels when your dine out
- Clean out your recycable waste before throwing it out. More often than not it won't get recycled if it's still dirty.
- Minimize your plastic waste in the bathroom, like using bars of soap/shampoo
- Use glass and metal containers instead of plastic, they can be recycled more times than plastic can.
- Use reusable bags when shopping
- Use beeswax wrap for saving food instead of plastic baggies
Print these out and put them up in your room, dorm, or apartment to help you remember to live sustainably!