Zero Waste: A Waste Reduction Challenge at the Michgan State University Library

TANS, Eric (2016) Zero Waste: A Waste Reduction Challenge at the Michgan State University Library. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 101 - Poster Sessions.

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Abstract

Zero Waste: A Waste Reduction Challenge at the Michgan State University Library

Reducing waste provides both environmental and economic benefits for libraries, but is it possible for a large research library to completely eliminate all waste? Although the library lending model promotes reuse and decreases unnecessary consumption, libraries still face practical waste reduction challenges as multi-use buildings featuring both office and public spaces. As large public institutions, libraries have the opportunity for significant waste savings while simultaneously educating the public on reducing waste. This poster describes the Michigan State University (MSU) Library’s participation in a four week zero waste challenge. Although the MSU Library achieved a waste diversion rate of nearly 69% prior to participation, library users have continued to improperly dispose of waste, particularly in the library cafe. Waste reduction efforts enacted as part of the challenge include placement of food waste collection bins in the library cafe, increasing recycle bin availability, and encouraging recycling and composting through the use of prominently displayed signs. Other highlights will include the collaborative nature of the project between the library and MSU Recycling office, data gathered from waste sorts before and during, the challenge and recommendations for strategies to even further reduce waste in the library.

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