The All in the Hall program has been approved by university leaders for campus implementation to make progress toward institutional sustainability goals. With the All in the Hall program, standardized waste stations will be installed in centralized, high traffic locations throughout campus buildings. The program is intended to make recycling easier and more efficient, provide better education for the campus community, promote a sense of personal responsibility, and continue diverting waste from the local landfill. The All in the Hall program is based on the success of a recycling pilot project, which began operating in eight buildings of different scope and scale in December 2020. Implementation of the program will occur across campus over the next few years, and the first phase has started in seven buildings on City and East campuses.

“As implementation continues, we expect to increase the amount of materials correctly recycled at UNL and decrease the amount of materials sent to the landfill,” said Morgan Hartman, sustainability coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. “It is expected that empowering the UNLcommunity to monitor and sort their waste items will lead to more mindful consumption and disposal behaviors, reducing contamination and improving recycling rates.”

The pilot project, which was recognized as a winner in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste Case Study Competition, evolved from the Office of Sustainability’s 2019 culture survey of approximately 9,000 faculty, staff, and students. The results indicated that 93% of respondents identified better recycling opportunities and education as a top priority.

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Author: Kateri Hartman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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