The UO Zero Waste Program is a multi-funded project of the University of Oregon. Funding comes from: Facilities Services, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (through incidental fees), University Housing, Paper Revenue, Charge-outs and a campus vending contract..
The UO Zero Waste Program is officially managed under the direction of the Director of Facilities in CPFM (Campus Planning, Facilities Management). Due to the funding contributions of Housing and ASUO, the UO Zero Waste Program Manager has an indirect relationship with these parties. Though this has been an evolving process, the UO Zero Waste Program is an efficient operation. Other Universities have Recycling Managers who do not have any direct authority over the people performing the recycling duties. Though it does initially make sense to involve the custodians in the collections, custodians do not only collect trash, they have a multitude of duties. Programs incorporating recycling into custodial duties, have had a difficult time doing an extensive job with the recycling.
At the UO, Zero Waste has evolved to be a single focus operation. The structure reflects consistency in supervision, responsibility and authority. Being a multi-funded program, everyone has an investment and thus people take ownership of the program. Being a program that utilizes student labor, the Zero Waste Program has created an excellent opportunity for students to develop knowledge and leadership skills. Many students have left the UO to run other zero waste, recycling and environmental programs. Providing student jobs is an essential component of creating the program.
The UO Zero Waste Program, though centered on operations, has a strong educational component in providing information out to. Though cooperative funding as this can be a challenge at times, this process has facilitated longevity of the UO Zero Waste Program. It has provided an invaluable security opportunity in that one party cannot decide to suddenly end the Program. With many parties interest in this program, things get worked through and the program has been able to evolve.
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