The final numbers are in: UC Davis diverted a record 14,604 pounds of cardboard and 309 pounds of foam packaging from the landfill on move-in weekend.
In all, UCD diverted 55 percent of the waste generated as about 4,800 new students moved into campus housing Sept. 21-22, according to Kim Ericksen, spokesperson for Dart Container, a Michigan-based corporate partner.
Dart hauled the foam — more than enough to fill a school bus — to its Lodi facility for processing, then on to another manufacturer that will use the material to create picture frames and crown molding. The cardboard was trucked to Recycling Industries in Sacramento.
UCD’s move-in recycling program dates to 2009 and is part of a year-round effort by Student Housing to reach zero net waste by 2020.