Very little of what is thrown away on campus actually belongs in the garbage. The MiniMax program has been adopted by the University of Washington to make waste sorting easier for building occupants, reduce landfill waste, and allow custodial staff to spend more time on essential cleaning tasks. UW Recycling staff work with building coordinators, occupants and custodial staff to ensure that containers are accessible and consistent.
Offices and workstations
Desk-side garbage bins in individual offices and workstations have self-service MiniMax containers consisting of a 28-quart green recycling bin with an attached 3-quart black garbage bin. Both promote personal responsibility for waste generation. Staff are responsible for emptying their containers into the centrally-located recycling, landfill or compost containers.
Garbage, recycling and compost bins are available in public areas across campus.
- Centralized container sets offer convenient access for building occupants and patrons.
- All public area garbage bins coordinate with at least one recycling bin. Compost bins are included as needed for kitchens, breakrooms or hallways.
- Signs and labels clearly indicate what items should be placed in each container.
Paper towels are collected for compost instead of going to the landfill. Wall-mounted or standing compost collection containers are labeled “paper towels only”. Each restroom has a 28-quart black waste bin labeled “trash” for non-compostable waste.
Classrooms, teaching and computer labs
Garbage, recycling and compost bins are located near classrooms, rather than in them. This helps increase waste diversion and cleaning efficiency.
Research labs and patient care areas
The MiniMax program does not affect waste containers or service in research labs or medical patient care rooms.