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Race to Zero Waste 2023

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Hokies are racing to zero waste!

Race to Zero Waste (formerly Recyclemania) is a friendly competition among colleges and universities across North America. For 8 weeks, Virginia Tech competes with schools across the U.S. and Canada to reduce waste, increase recycling, and raise awareness of conservation efforts. In its Climate Action Commitment, Virginia Tech established the goal of becoming a Zero Waste Campus by 2030. The waste management industry defines this as keeping at least 90% of solid waste out of the landfill. In the 2021 calendar year, Virginia Tech reported a 78% waste diversion rate, proving that Hokies are already working together to achieve this goal. All students, faculty, and staff can help Virginia Tech reach our zero waste goal by participating in the Race to Zero Waste Challenge!

How To Participate

  • Learn what can be recycled and simply put recyclables in recycling bins around campus.
  • Drop off plastic bags at Squires Student Center, Cheatham Hall, McComas Hall, and Holden Hall.
  • Switch to reusable products, such as reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, real silverware, and cloth napkins.
  • Donate items instead of throwing them away.
  • Shop for used items instead of new.
  • Get a Green Office Certification or a Green Labs Certification.
  • Keep an eye on the Office of Sustainability’s social media pages (@VTSustainable) to track our progress and get involved.

Questions or ideas on the Race to Zero Waste challenge? Contact the Office of Sustainability at

Image says Race to Zero Waste January 29th through March 25th

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