Sustainability

CAN THE CAN

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One of the ever evolving and on going goals of the Office of Sustainability is to have PLU become an institution that produces zero-waste. In other words, the hope is that PLU sends nothing to local landfills. PLU estimates that its current diversion is 60-70% of the waste stream, and is dedicated to working towards a zero waste campus. To instigate the process of producing zero waste, the Sustainability team introduced the "Can the Can" program. In 2006 the program was introduced to faculty and staff to encourage conscious decisions on waste disposal method. Voluntary participants receive a miniature garbage can in replacement of the standard garbage can. Through the removal of the standard can, individuals are responsible for accurately recycling items, consciously throwing away as little as possible (with the help of the miniature waste can), and emptying out their individual Can the Can.