GW has adopted a Zero Waste approach — reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills while increasing recycling, reuse and composting. Although GW faces many significant challenges as an open campus situated in an urban environment, it is working diligently to accomplish the aims laid out in the GW Roadmap to Zero Waste, which was published in fall 2016. In 2021, GW announced its commitment to eliminating single use plastics from its campuses.
Resources for Proper Waste Disposal
Eliminating Single-Use Plastics
Plastics pollute our oceans and our environment, impacting animals and human health. GW is committed to eliminating single-use plastics from campus, and has made the following changes:
- Installation of at least one bottle-filling station (aka “hydration station”) in each building and in convenient pedestrian outdoor locations. All will be easily identified with branding for the initiative.
- All vending machines have been converted from plastic bottled beverages to canned or glass beverages, which can be recycled indefinitely.
- A policy to inform members of our community about the university’s guidance regarding single-use plastics, including with respect to procurement, has been approved and will be effective July 1, 2021.
All members of the GW community are encouraged to commit to eliminating personal use of single-use plastics as well. Learn more about how to take action, access resources, and browse the FAQ on the Past Plastics webpage.