Cornell switched to single-stream recycling in 2011, a change that will reduce landfill waste and increase the cost-efficiency of waste handling

The University has made it a priority to continually develop and improve effective waste management programs that ensure our waste is handled in ways that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Presently, less than half the waste from Cornell’s Ithaca campus becomes landfill, with over 70% of the waste from Cornell's Ithaca campus is recycled or composted. We are proud of this ratio and look to continue to improve waste diversion while reducing overall waste in the coming years as we work together to strengthen our sustainability initiatives. Waste initiatives are broad with efforts at an individual level, by student clubs and groups, and spanning campus departments that include R5 Operations, Cornell Dining, Cornell’s Solid Waste Institute, Farm Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Building Care, Grounds, and more.