Waste Diversion in University Village

Project Leads: Elissa Sato

Sponsor: University Village (UV)

TGIF Grant: $29,997.00

Project Theme: Waste Diversion & Reduction

Project Location

2018 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: University Village will remedy the mismatch in messaging around the Zero Waste goal and public waste infrastructure by using TGIF funds to replace single-bin trash cans in the Village’s public spaces with three-compartment Max-R bins. These bins, which have prominent visual signage for each compartment and thus have high collective visual impact, will serve as a launch point for renewed and sustained educational outreach to improve waste separation and diversion.


  • Achieve compliance with the campus Zero Waste system by phasing out single-bin trash cans and deploying compartmentalized Max-R bins,
  • Promote waste diversion by providing proper standardized bin infrastructure with clear signage on centralized public collection bins, and
  • Enact a sustainable recurring waste diversion outreach and education program specifically tailored for the Village’s unique multifamily dwelling context in a residential education setting to systematically combat awareness erosion due to turnover and attrition.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.