Zero Waste


Zero Waste: Help us minimize and eliminate waste on campus


The Zero Waste Hierarchy: rethink/redesign, reduce, reuse, recycle/compost, materials recovery, residuals management, unacceptable

The Zero Waste Hierarchy describes a progression of policies and strategies to support the Zero Waste system, from highest and best to lowest use of materials.

It is a goal of UMBC to minimize the waste that is produced by the campus community. Keeping waste out of the landfills decreases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with resource extraction, manufacturing, landfill disposal, and incineration and saves the university money. UMBC’s municipal solid waste (i.e. trash) is brought to the King and Queen Landfill where it is handled via residuals management.