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UW Trash-In

UW Trash-In is a fun and insightful mini trash sort aimed at exploring how much recyclable and compostable material is still being thrown away as garbage on campus.

On April 24th, from 10am to 2pm, volunteers will suit up and sort through one day’s worth of trash from designated campus buildings.

There will also be special guests at this year’s Trash-In. Burke Museum staff will be on hand to talk about plastics and Plastics Unwrapped, their current special exhibit. Members of the UW Garbology Project will be available to talk about their project, and Earth Club will lead a fun activity. This year’s Trash-In promises to be the best yet!

Materials will be separated into categories that mirror the types of materials currently collected on campus:

  • Mixed containers (including cans, bottles, plastic dairy tubs, aseptic packaging, and drink cartons)
  • Mixed paper (including office paper, newspaper, and cardboard)
  • Compostables (including food scraps and compostable serviceware)
  • Other recyclables (including plastic film, Styrofoam, e.Media, and surplus items)
  • Landfill-bound garbage

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Sign up to join the fun! Or, email us at with questions.

Also, be sure to Download the Trash-In promotional poster and put it up to help spread the word. Thanks!!