Refuse & Recycling

UCSB Gaucho mascot next to recycle bin
UCSB students watching trash being recycled
woman sitting behind trash bins at UCSB's Harder Stadium
recycle bins

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UCSB's Facilties Management Refuse & Recycling Department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the University's waste infrastructure and various programs. The Refuse & Recycling Department handles waste management efforts in collaboration with A.S. Recycling on the UCSB Main Campus. The Department acts as the main liason between the University and MarBorg Industries, the Campus' waste hauler, and Engle & Grey, the Campus' compost facility, for buildings and operations on the Main Campus.

The Department's mission is to make UCSB a zero waste university by ensuring waste management programs and practices effectively promote the reduction, reuse, composting, recycling, and repurposing of items, as well as encouraging the rebuying of recycled material.

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