Waste in Rhode Island is a significant concern due to limited landfill space and proximity to waterways and the ocean. Brown University has taken aggressive steps to minimize waste coming onto campus and diverting waste leaving campus from the landfill to other, more sustainable uses such as recycling and composting. In 2016 the E&E Office took a major step in waste reduction and diversion by setting an aggressive goal of a waste diversion rate of 50 percent by 2020. In FY 2017, Brown's waste diversion increased from 26.5 percent to 33.7 percent, not including construction and demolition. This increase is attributed to the implementation of compost in dining facilities, increased donation rates, and improved education about waste sorting practices. Current diversion rates include a variety of methods such as recycling, donations, composting, and reuse.
Click on the icons below for information on Brown’s waste diversion programs and “How to.” And, if you would like information about the Big Belly Waste Stations around campus, click HERE.