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Vanderbilt University plans to divert 90 percent of waste

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 15:19:59-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced plans on Monday to divert 90% of its waste from the landfill by the year 2030.

According to a news release from the school, Vanderbilt already diverts 47% of its waste. To increase that number, the school plans to end single-use plastic bottle purchases, except in laboratories, by 2025.

The school also wants to expand food waste collection to all dining areas and residential halls by 2025.

The waste reduction initiative is part of the university's overall plan to significantly reduce its environmental footprint.

That includes powering its campus entirely through renewable energy, with a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.