Centralized Waste is a three stream (Landfill, Recycling, Compost) waste bin, strategically placed in a central location within an office/unit. The Centralized Waste bins are intended to replace small deskside waste bins in order to promote better waste diversion, healthier workspaces, and reduce custodian repetitive motion injuries.
Centralized Waste FAQ
Once Centralized Waste bins are implemented, deskside waste bins will no longer be serviced, but can be kept to transport waste. Building occupants will bring and sort their waste at one of these centralized waste bins.
Health and Safety for Everyone
Centralized Waste collection will reduce the number of touch points for both building occupants and custodian staff. Reducing the number of waste bin collections will allow custodians to prioritize cleaning high priority touch points
Building Occupant Benefits:
- Cleaner and healthier environment and workspaces
- Improved ergonomics and productivity by taking "microbreaks"
- Reduced risk of repetitive motion related injuries
- Reduced daily plastic bag generation and consumption
You can help UCLA Health maintain a clean and safe environment by carrying out any waste items you have and disposing them in the proper stream. Waste bins now feature new labels and signs, making it simpler for you to know what can be recycled, composted, or landfilled. Liners will also be color coded.
Compost - Green
All organic material accepted. Food scraps and soiled paper products such as coffee filters and greasy pizza boxes can be composted.
Recycling - Blue
Hard plastic containers, clean mixed paper, metal containers and foil sheets, and glass containers. MUST be clean and empty containers, otherwise the item risks contamination.
For more information, visit the Zero Waste website section for Recycling
Landfill - Clear
Plastic film and plastic utensils/straws. Mixed material items (made of more than one material, such as laminated paper and chip bags) belong in the landfill
If your department would like to participate in the Centralized Waste program, please contact UCLA Health Sustainability at [email protected]
We will provide the centralized waste bins, education, and signage for the program.