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Minimizing waste contributes to a more sustainable Stanford in many ways. By using less, reusing more, recycling and composting, Stanford can preserve land, save energy, conserve water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve natural resources.

The university is making great progress. Stanford has increased its landfill diversion rate from 30 percent in 1994 to 64 percent in 2013. The university is continually improving collection activities, identifying new markets for waste materials and recyclables, and raising awareness so that “reduce, reuse, recycle and compost” becomes habit.


  • American Forest and Paper Association, College/University Recycling Award (2009)
  • 2nd Place, Gorilla Prize, RecycleMania Contest for Colleges and Universities for highest gross weight of diverted recyclables (2011)
  • National Recycling Coalition, Outstanding School Program (2002)