In 2021 the solid waste disposal rate was 1.3 pounds per person per day. This includes municipal, construction and hazardous landfilled waste.


Disposal rate refers to an annual per capita figure, quantified in pounds of solid waste per person per day (PPD). This metric utilizes campus population full time equivalent (FTE) counts, comprised of students and employees, and includes all landfill waste streams including municipal solid waste, construction & demolition debris, and hazardous waste. 



  • Reduce landfill bound waste to 50 percent of total campus waste by 2030, divert at least 80 percent from landfill by 2040, and move toward zero waste (CSU Sustainability Policy)
  • Achieve 50% below 2015 levels by 2030 and 80% below 2015 levels by 2040 for residential and commercial waste [measured in pounds per person per day, or PPD] (Climate Action Plan 2.0)
  • Humboldt is a zero waste campus by 2045 (Climate Action Plan 2.0)



The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) has recognized Cal Poly Humboldt with a bronze Zero Waste Certification, earning it a place in PLAN's top Zero Waste Campuses. This certification is the result of a holistic assessment called Atlas, which analyzed Humboldt's capacity to achieve zero waste, highlighting areas where the campus can improve its materials management infrastructure, policies and communications. See Humboldt's Atlas Scorecard, or download the complete Cal Poly Humboldt Atlas Zero Waste Assessment report.



  • Develop and implement a Zero Waste Action Plan - ongoing
  • 65% diversion requirement for construction projects (Facilities Management) – Completed
  • Restroom paper towel-to-compost program (Facilities Management) - Completed
  • Zero Waste Events Certification program for campus events - Completed
  • Refresh campus composting program to keep compost on site, reduce transportation emissions and lower costs - in progress
  • Integrate departmental break-room compost collections into custodial services - Completed 
  • Reusable Office Supply Exchange (ROSE) provides free, lightly used office and art supplies (WRRAP) – ongoing
  • Surplus give-away programs public agencies and non-profits (Facilities) – ongoing
  • Electronic and universal waste recycling programs (Facilities) – ongoing
  • Annual Donation Dash to capture donate-able goods, food, recycling and compost from campus residents as they move out each May (Facilities and WRRAP) - ongoing


Next Steps

  • Standardize landfill, recycle, and compost bins and signage campuswide per SB 1383 guidelines
  • Increase number of departmental breakrooms utilizing compost collection service
  • Increase number of campus residents using the Campus Resident Compost Program
  • Adopt surplus management system to increase campus and community reuse of surplus
  • Secure a permanent home on campus for the Oh SNAP! Thrift Shop


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