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NC State University actively creates procedures, procurement and a culture where source reduction of materials is the first priority for waste reduction followed by re-use and recycling. The University views waste as a potential loss of resources that would otherwise have economic and environmental benefits. The University set a goal to achieve a 60% waste diversion rate as outlined in the Sustainability Strategic Plan. The University works to accomplish this through defined strategies of source reduction, programs, efficiencies and creating a culture shift towards waste consciousness.
Since the establishment of the Waste Reduction and Recycling (WRR) Office in 2001, there have been tremendous improvements towards the waste reduction and recycling efforts on campus. As of 2015, the University has achieved a 50% diversion rate. Diversion rate is defined as the percentage of waste materials diverted from traditional disposal methods such as landfilling or incineration to be recycled, composted or reused.
Senate Bill 111 mandates state entities to recycle and reduce waste and the formation of WRR helps the university comply with this legislation.
WRR also seeks to meet the North Carolina General Statute 130A-309.10(f-m) passed by the NC General Assembly which established disposal bans on a wide range of materials such as oil filters, plastic bottles and wooden pallets.