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Zero Waste

American University is committed to strive for zero waste sent to landfill and incineration.

We're On Our Way to Zero Waste

Throw away doesn't mean go away, so we're on our way to Zero Waste. In 2010, AU adopted a Zero Waste Policy mandating the creation of a team to develop a plan for reducing and diverting 100% of the university's waste stream.

American University is a leader in sustainability. And as leaders, it is our collective duty to solve the current contamination issue together. Waste diversion is just one of the many sustainable initiatives at AU. Our pioneering sustainability peer education program has hosted the only environmental educators' conference of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic.  

Sorting Guides

Yes
Styrofoam
Chip Bags
Candy Wrappers
Plastic Wrap
No
Recyclables
Organics
Batteries
Lightbulbs
E-Waste
Clothes
Yes
Food Waste
Wood: Stir Sticks, Toothpicks
Paper Towels, Tissues, Napkins
Wet/Soiled Paper & Cardboard
Compostable Cups & Dishes
Tea Bags, Coffee Filters
Yes
Aluminum Foil & Cans
All Glass
Tin or Steel
All Plastic (#1-7)
Yes
All Dry Paper
Newspaper
Paperboard
Junk Mail
Catalogs/Magazines
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