Goal Update

Baseline: 25%

2020: 28%

Goal: 90%

Diversion Rate

Cumulative savings: 6.8 million pounds of waste diverted from the landfill.

The UNO produces many waste streams; therefore, focuses on sustainable waste management practices that reduces, reuses, and recycles wastes instead of sending them to the landfill. Below are several ongoing and new initiatives working to meet UNO’s ambitious 90% diversion-rate goal.

Recent Efforts


Started in Fall 2018, campus recycling is a dual-stream system: Cardboard and Mixed Recyclables (paper, plastics, and metal).

UNO housing remains single-stream, allowing for all recyclable waste to be placed in one bin, no sorting is required.

Electronic waste is either redistributed on campus or, for those items that are antiquated or unusable, processed by a licensed electronic recycling vendor.

Recycling Drive

In August 2020, in partnership with UNMC’s Office of Sustainability and LiveGreen Ambassadors, more than 400 staff, faculty, and students from both UNO and UNMC, participated in our annual recycling drive. Additional data regarding the event are identified below

Total Items Dropped Off29,718

  • 861 pounds of VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, and floppy disks
  • 15,681 pounds of electronics
  • 12,876 pounds of paper for shredding
  • 300 pounds of alkaline batteries

Total Environmental Impact (actual totals may vary slightly depending on the exact mix of electronics and type of paper dropped off.)

  • 28,943 lbs diverted from the landfill
  • 74 trees saved
  • 393 gallons of oil not used
  • 882,742 hours of electricity saved
  • 11,949 gallons of water saved


In addition to items dropped for recycling, participants also donated to the community. 

  • 161 pairs of eyeglasses donated to the TEI clinic
  • 12.5 pounds of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House – which helps to pay their electric bill 

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