Our Impact

Our Impact

Waste Reduction & Recycling tracks and manages the majority of waste disposal streams that are generated from NC State University. This data collection allows WRR to better manage the waste disposal processes on campus and also work with generators to reduce their waste.

NC State University views waste as a potential loss of resources that would otherwise have economic and environmental benefits.


The university set a goal to achieve a 70% waste diversion rate as outlined in the Sustainability Strategic Plan by 2022.  NC State currently diverts 54.3% of its total generated waste from everyday campus operations. This rate does not include all of the construction projects on campus, which have a tracked diversion rate of 90.26%. Here is a look at NC State’s waste from our most recent fiscal year, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020:


Pounds of Tracked Recycling, Including:


19,760 lbs.


Shredded Paper

94,415 lbs.



123,350 lbs.


Mixed Recycling

1,845,653 lbs.


Scrap Metal

541,820 lbs.



149,990 lbs.


Plastic Film

1,698 lbs.


WE Recycle (Football)

60,620 lbs.


Toner & Printer Cartridges

5,080 lbs.



32,484 lbs.


Oil, Antifreeze, & Filters

255 lbs.


EH&S Materials

45,603 lbs.



10,433 lbs.



4,113 lbs.



Pounds of Tracked Organics Diverted, Including:

Animal Bedding

773,280 lbs.



2,518,933 lbs.


Food Waste & Oil

1,403,179 lbs.



Pounds of Tracked Reuse, Including:

Wolf Pack-n-Give

11,160 lbs.


University Surplus

385,530 lbs.



85,640 lbs.


Other Projects

18,455 lbs.


Food Recovery

9,383 lbs.



Pounds of Tracked Waste-to-Landfill, Including:

Solid Waste

5,994,460 lbs.


Medical Waste

588,200 lbs.


Wolf Pack-n-Give

40,580 lbs.


WE Recycle (Football)

224,440 lbs.