Zero Waste by 2040

By integrating sustainable materials management practices, UW–Madison is taking a transformative approach to help build a circular economy.


How We're Getting There


UW Zero Waste is a strategic initiative for sustainable materials management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The initiative utilizes cross-functional collaboration in order to achieve several outcomes, including:

  • Minimize waste generation
  • Promote sustainable purchasing
  • Save financial resources
  • Yield social benefits
  • Create a culture of environmental responsibility across the university

To learn more about UW Zero Waste, including how to get involved and related resources, visit

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