California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

2002 State Agency Recycling Recognition (STARR) Award Program

California State University, Sacramento: Recycling

California State University, Sacramento is the sixth largest university in the 23-campus CSU system, enrolling a student body of 28,558 and utilizing nearly 3 million square feet of building space.

The recycling program at CSUS has existed in a variety of forms since its inception as a student-run program in the late 1970s. Until recently however, much of the program consisted of a community drop-off program and volunteer-based recycling initiatives. As AB75 neared passage, the recycling program was institutionalized into campus operations and has since grown into a comprehensive integrated waste management program that includes diversion programs for office paper, low-grade mixed papers (from student areas and campus auxiliaries), cardboard, bottles and cans, scrap metal, appliances and equipment, pallets, computers and electronics, and landscape green wastes.

The largest diversion of the university’s waste comes from academic and administrative buildings (the most annually consistent segment of the waste stream); grasscycling and composting programs for the extensive amount of green waste generated by the campuses 300 acres of grounds and 3,000 trees; the recycling of scrap metal and concrete from facilities management operations and renovation projects; and various recycling activities in the campus auxiliaries (such as the Residence Halls, University Union, and Riverfront Center)

In 2002, these various recycling and waste diversion programs diverted more than 1,200 tons of material from landfills and reduced the total solid waste cost (both collection and disposal--not including campus auxiliaries) by almost $4,000 in just two years, despite a constantly rising student population.

For further information, please contact Roger Guzowski at (916) 278-5801.

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Last updated: February 4, 2004
State Agency Recycling Recognition Awards Program,
Dorothy Woody:, (916) 341-6199