Rethinking Workspace Waste

Rethink Waste invites offices to participate in our centralized waste bin program, Rethinking Workspace Waste. For this program, offices elect to give up their deskside landfill and recycling bins. Rethink Waste will work with participating offices to identify the most advantageous locations for central bins in their spaces.

Centralized waste bins have quite a few benefits. The most notable benefit is the overall reduction in the number of single-use plastic bags the University is sending to the landfill. Not only will we see a reduction in our single-use plastic waste, but there will be an associated cost savings too. Further benefits include minimizing recycling stream contamination and overall employee wellness.

Thus far, 328 bins have been removed from circulation on campus! The projected annual bag reduction from these efforts alone is up to 82,550 plastic bags kept from the landfill! This also corresponds to thousands of dollars in savings. We are looking to add 50 more offices to the 17 that have already signed up to participate. To get your office involved, please contact us at

Thank you to the following offices for participating in our pilot program during the 2022-2023 academic year and for continuing on after the success of the pilot. 

  • Office of the President
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Global Studies Program
  • American Studies Program
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • In-House Clinical Law Center
  • Office of Undergraduate Admission
  • University Communications
  • Student Development Office
  • Business Affairs
  • Provost Office
  • Office of International Education
  • Center for Student Involvement
  • Academic Advising Resource Center
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Office of the Chaplaincy
  • Student Center for Equity and Inclusion
  • Career Services
  • University Facilities
  • Richmond Scholars Office
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Health Studies