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Zero Waste Program at SLAC

SLAC is implementing a Zero Waste Program (ZWP) at new buildings and is phasing in the program at existing buildings as resources allow. The Zero Waste Program has been implemented at Buildings 024, 028, 035, 040, 041, 050, 051, 052, 053, 055, 057, 120, 123, 137 E&W, 270, 750/751, 901, 950, and 999. The goal of the ZWP is to maximize recycling and minimize trash to landfills by enhancing the building’s waste collection systems. Please see the description of the ZWP [Internalpdf] for more information.

Building Managers may request that their building be placed on the ZWP program implementation queue by contacting the Zero Waste Program Manager.

Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization


The Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization program provides support to reduce SLAC’s impact on the land, water and air quality through elimination or reduction of waste released to the environment.

Program Contacts

Although recycling is an important component to our waste reduction efforts, greater environmental benefits are achieved through source reduction and reuse. When planning and conducting work, consider “the three R's”:

  • Reduce is the best method for minimizing waste. It reduces the amount of waste by modifying procedures to use less material and by substituting materials such as less or non-toxic materials.
  • Reuse Reuse means re-using a product without modifying or altering it.  For SLAC owned items no longer needed, including equipment and office products, submit items to SLAC Salvage who will look for re-use, sales, transfer, and recycling options. Salvage also has items available for re-issue. If you have unused and unexpired excess chemicals that may be reusable, look around your organization to see if someone else can use them or contact the Hazardous Materials Program Manager for help in finding a user.
  • Recycle a material if it cannot be reused. SLAC has recycling programs in place to accept recyclable material.

To close the material lifecycle loop, consider two additional steps:

  • Compost organic materials that cannot be reduced, reused or recycled. See the Compostables section below more information on SLAC’s compost program.
  • Buy green materials, such as material made with recycled content.  See the list of green purchasing resources.

For tips on incorpoarationg sustainable practices at SLAC events, view the Sustainable Event Guide [pdf].

*** Do not bring waste materials from home to SLAC ***
See for a guide to local recycling resources for your household materials.

SLAC Specific Recycling Programs

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Paper (formerly called "Mixed Paper")

Plastics, Cans & Glass (formerly called "Bottles & Cans")



Green Waste

Scrap Wood

Scrap Metal, Wires, and Cables

Construction and Demolition Recycling


Electronic Waste

Flash Drives, Compact Disks (CDs), and other Memory Storage Devices

Lamps and Bulbs

Styrofoam Packing Materials

Bubble Wrap, Plastic Bags, Plastic Sheeting, Air Pillows

Toner Cartridges, Used


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