Zero Waste

Through thoughtful purchasing decisions, reducing consumption and increasing recycling we can drastically reduce what we send to the landfill.

Our dedication to zero waste will:

  • Reduce the university's impact on the environment
  • Increase awareness of personal waste stream
  • Reduce unnecessary and wasteful purchasing
  • Increase recycling revenues while reducing landfill fees
  • Increase effectiveness of waste handling and housekeeping processes
  • Educate our students and community members in environmental stewardship.

Thanks for thinking zero waste!

We need your help to reach our goal of zero waste. There are several opportunities for you to get involved with helping Appalachian divert waste from landfills. Please browse the links below to learn how you can get involved and help sustain Appalachian.

Zero Waste Stadium

In keeping with the zero waste commitment of Appalachian, Athletics is partnering with the Physical Plant and Office of Sustainability to develop a zero waste stadium plan, being implemented in the 2014 football season.

Tips and Facts

Click here to learn more about helpful waste reduction tips and facts that can help North Carolina and Appalachian State University operate more sustainabily. 


Appalachian State University's commitment to composting began as a student driven initiative in 1999. The program has grown into a successful way to sustainably recycle campus food waste.


LLC Composting Project

Click here to learn about our partnership with the Physical Plant, Sustainable Development Department, Univeristy Housing, and Watauga Residential College for residential compost collection in the LLC.

Items Accepted for Single Stream

While most items can be placed in single stream recycling bins, there are a few exceptions.

Click here to learn about what can and can't be recycled at Appalachian State University.

Mini Bins

In 2013, Appalachian switched to single stream recycling. ALL recyclables – paper, glass, plastics and metals now go one recycling bin together.


Learn more about Appalachian's Zero Waste commitment here.