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 Tool! Looking to make your office, break room or event Zero Waste? Check out our approved supply lists below:
Making a college purchase? Review our Sustainable Purchasing Presentation before making your purchase.
Be fashionable and eco-friendly with the 2021 ACC Eco Bag designed by Eco Bag Student Design Competition Winner, Hayley Deitemeyer. This reusable ‘collectable’ cotton tote will go on sale when we return to campus. Reserve your tote by filling out the 2021 Eco Bag Order Form. To see past year's winning designs click here.
Ordering for your ACC Department? Contact email@example.com before ordering to purchase tax-free.
Stay tuned for the 2022 ACC Eco Bag Art Contest! Win an e-reader and your design displayed on a reusable bag sold on the ACC website for one year. Must be a current ACC student to enter. ACC Eco Bag Art Contest FAQs.
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:
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 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.
*We do not recycle plastic bags. Please bring your plastic bags to your local grocery store to recycle.
Marker & Pen Recycling
ACC partners with TerraCycle to recycle our used markers, pens, and pencils. The contents of our Marker & Pen Recycling containers are shipped to TerraCycle and enter into the TerraCycle Recycling Program.
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 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 collection is available at all campuses. Please ask your campus administration to direct you to the collection point.
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.
ACC has implemented Paper Towel Composting in restrooms across the district (coming soon to Elgin Campus). Please put paper towels only in the marked bins, and NO food waste, recycling, or landfill waste.
ACC is phasing in food composting in some locations across the district. 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.
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.
Looking for somewhere to compost your food waste on campus? We currently have food composting available at the following locations:
Break Room 2309 [Student Affairs Dept] - Employee Only
Student Life Lounge 2350 [8am-5pm Mon-Fri, Sign in Required]
Break Room 2110.13 [Arts & Digital Media Dept] - Employee Only
Rio Grande Campus
Break Room 3255
Break Room 3349
Round Rock Campus
Break Room 1204.28 [Faculty Offices] - Employee Only
Student Life Lounge 2117 [8am-5pm Mon-Fri, Sign in Required]
Break Room 2330.14 [Learning Lab] - Employee Only
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: