Zero Waste

University of Arkansas Zero Waste Goal

The University of Arkansas plans to be a zero waste institution by 2021. The University defines zero waste as having an overall diversion rate of 90% or greater. This means that at least 90% of discarded materials at the University of Arkansas must be diverted from the landfill.



  • Preventing waste before it happens
  • Achieved through procurement practices and planning
  • Consider how to dispose of goods before purchase


  • Keeping waste out of the landfill
  • Achieved through surplus, recycling, and composting
  • Requires infrastructure and education

The University of Arkansas's current diversion rate

The University of Arkansas achieved a 37% diversion rate for 2016.