Zero Waste Western


The WWU Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management are committed to eliminating all recyclable and compostable waste from the WWU waste stream. Through education, operational changes and peer education, WWU will become a "zero waste" institution.

Waste Bin Signs

Waste Bin Signs

"Waste Bin" signs are up in the classrooms of Academic Instructional Center and Arntzen Hall. Their purpose is to remind users of the building to sort their trash properly. The signs were designed by Shayne Smith, Office of Sustainability Webmaster & Media Manager.

WWU Move-Out Madness

WWU Moveout Madness

At the end of every school year, Western Washington University and the City of Bellingham partner to sponsor the annual "WWU Moveout Madness" event in several neighborhoods near the university.

This program targets neighborhoods with high student populations, including Happy Valley, Sehome, York, South Hill and Samish. One collection point will be set up in each neighborhood and students will be encouraged to bring their reusable household items, recyclable materials, and landfill items to that point for collection and disposal at no charge.
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Landfill Waste Profile Signs

Zero Waste Signs

"Landfill Waste Profile" signs are up in each of the major academic buildings excluding Parks, Biology, Ross, Old Main and Humanities. The signs are personalized by building and the statistics were provided by the Huxley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association.

Zero Waste Western

Zero Waste

Zero Waste Western is a campaign aimed at reducing Western's landfill waste production to zero. Campus currently diverts 72% of all containers, paper, and cardboard from the landfill through the AS Recycle Center. Through a partnership between the AS Recycle Center, Dining Services, Facilities Management, and the Office of Sustainability, Western is aiming to achieve Zero Waste in the coming years.

20% Real Food by the end of 2012

Real Food Challenge

Dining Services committed themselves to achieving 20% Real Food by the end of 2012. "Real Food" is defined as food that meets one of more of these criteria: locally-produced, organically-grown, fairly-traded, and humanely-raised.

Local dairies, orchards, farms, and regional supporters worked with Western to help us reach that goal. We also receive support from organizations like Growing Washington — a farmer cooperative — and Charlie's Produce, a produce supplier based in Seattle, WA.



Tools & Information

Services & Programs


Charlie Ayers, Zero Waste Coordinator | (360)650-4585