Zero-Waste Events

If your department or unit would like to hold a Zero-Waste Event, you MUST review the Zero-Waste Event Guide and fill out a Zero-Waste Event Request Form.

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste means all materials are reused, recycled, or composted, resulting in no waste being sent to the landfill or incinerator. Zero Waste also means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

In order to host an official Recycling program Zero Waste Event you must fill out the request form at least a week in advance. Holding a Zero Waste event requires effort and adaquate knowledge about event procedure, materials, and how to sort them properly. This effort is integral to making a difference, and every successful Zero Waste Event is a step in the right direction.


* Request form must be completed AT LEAST one week before event date 
* Event must collect 50 meals or more (can be divided over 2 or more mealtimes) 
* ABSOLUTELY NO non-compostable or non-recyclable material at event 
* A menu or caterer name must* Event leaders must review the Zero-Waste Event Guide

For Your Event: Acceptable Compostable Dining Materials

Choosing compostable dining ware can be difficult when many products are boasted as eco-friendly and plant based. The Recycling Program will only accept products certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute. U Market stocks some, and more products can be purchased from local stores or at online retailers like Amazon. 

BPI Certified Compostable Logo

To aid you in your purchasing desicions, we have come up with some helpful links to the acceptable compostable products. 

U Market - Search for 'compostable' in the search box to view the acceptable dining ware.

BPI's Product Catalog - Their catalog has a compiled list of all certified products and the links to the products' home pages. 

We encourage you to call or email with any questions you might have about acceptable materials. 

Past Events

2017 Annual Coca-Cola Art of Recyling Competition 

Through the involvement of Coca-Cola™, students, and the Student Unions & Activities, the contest highlights collaboration through the creation of artwork with an environmental message. Asking artists to use a wide variety of recycled materials, the "Art of Recycling: Design to Make a Difference" contest gives local artists the chance to experiment with various media, materials, and techniques in order to create an original piece, which creatively thinks about environmental issues while at the same time competing for prizes.

This years event was hosted by Student Unions & Activites and Coca-Cola company on April 19th 2017. Though neither the Recycling Program or Office of Sustainibility is involved in this event, we thank all who participated and show an interest in recycling at the University of Minnesota. 

Recyclable paper in bales

Contact Information

Administrative Offices
Como Recycling Facility
3009 Como Ave S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Recycling Hotline: 612-625-8084