Zero Waste

Austin Community College District has set the goal of becoming a Zero Waste by 2040.  Zero Waste is at least 90% diversion from landfills by reducing the amount of materials discarded through recycling, composting, and reducing the amount of waste generated.  Wondering what goes in which bin?  Try out our new Sort Things Out Game!  Looking to make your office, break room or event Zero Waste?  Check out our approved supply lists below:

Eco Bag

Be fashionable and eco-friendly with the 2019 ACC Eco Bag designed by Eco Bag Student Design Competition Winner, Melanie Sutherland.  Eco Bags can be purchased for $2.49 each (plus tax) through the ACC Marketplace.  These are available for pick-up at your Campus Manager's Office.

To see past year's winning designs click here.  Read more about the contest here.

Ordering for your ACC Department? Contact green@austincc.edu before ordering to purchase tax-free. 

Zero Waste Events

ACC's Office of Energy & Sustainability can help make any campus event Zero Waste.  Fill out the Zero Waste Event Request Form to tell us more about your event, connect with our staff, and receive guidance on how to coordinate a Zero Waste event.  The process is easy:

  1. Fill out the Zero Waste Event Form - Our staff will send you the Zero Waste Event Guide.
  2. Order compostable supplies for your event, choose from our Zero Waste Event Materials List, or contact your food vendor for compostable packaging options. 
  3. Contact your food vendor to choose green packaging/food options or send us their contact info and we will reach out directly.
  4. We recruit volunteers for your event.
  5. On the day of the event we arrive with compost bins and educational signage - we will monitor waste stations and educate users about where to put items.
  6. After the event, we will send information on your event diversion rate along with photos!

Office Supply Request

Austin Community College's Office of Energy and Sustainability and Service Center Mail Room collect surplus office supplies to distribute across the district for reuse.  We currently have paperclips, rubberbands, and restored dry erase markers available.  Fill out a form to request surplus office supplies.  Looking to purchase new office supplies?  Choose from our environmentally-friendly Office Supply List.

Recycling

Recycling in the United States can divert more than 60 million tons of waste away from landfills every year. That amounts to about 32 percent of all of our garbage. Do your part by dropping recyclable items in the blue bins on campus.

ACC is improving recycling campus-by-campus. Learn more about ACC's Recycling Improvement Program.

Please rinse food waste off before recycling any of the following.

  • -Aluminum, steel, tin cans, and foil
  • -Plastic utensils, foodware, straws, cups, bottles, and caps
  • -Glass bottles and jars
  • -Paper cups, carton, and bags
  • -Phone books, magazines, newspaper, office paper, and pamphlets
  • -Flattened cardboard boxes

*We do not recycle plastic bags.  Please bring your plastic bags to your local grocery store to recycle.

Marker & Pen Recycling

The Marker & Pen Recycling pilot was first launched at Highland Campus in 2018.  The Office of Energy & Sustainability expanded Marker & Pen Recycling across the District during Earth Week 2019.  Each ACC Campus now offers one Marker & Pen Recycling collection container per building.  Ask your Campus Manager where to find your nearest collection container.

Styrofoam Recycling

Styrofoam packing cube recycling is available at all campuses in mesh collection bags. *Please DO NOT put packing peanuts, food containers, plastic bags, or spongy foam (LDPE #4) in the mesh collection bags.  Please ask your campus administration to direct you to the collection point or find your campus' Styrofoam Recycling Map on the side bar of this webpage.

Electronic Waste

Electronic Waste collection is available at all campuses.  Please ask your campus administration to direct you to the collection point.

Fabric Recycling

ACC's FashionIncubator saves fabric scraps from their daily operations for recycling.  These fabric scraps are sorted and sent to a third party for recycling and reuse as wiping rags.

Composting

ACC has implemented Paper Towel Composting in restrooms across the district (coming soon to Elgin and Round Rock Campuses).  Please put paper towels only in the marked bins, and NO food waste, recycling, or landfill waste.

In order to abide by the City of Austin's Universal Recycling Ordinance and reduce the amount of waste ACC sends to landfills, ACC's cafe kitchens now compost food waste across the district.

Eastview Campus' Culinary Arts Department diverts all compostable waste (inedible food from preparation and unfinished dishes) to compost bins within their kitchens.  Eastview's Children's Lab School also teaches composting at a young age, providing bins for food waste and paper towels.

Green Fountains

ACC has installed Green Fountains on all campuses to decrease the number of single-use water bottles.  Each fountain displays how many plastic bottles have been kept out of the landfill since its installation.  To find the Green Fountains on your campus, check out the Green Fountain Maps below:

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