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Recycling and Waste Management

Our goals

The original impetus for the establishment of a Green Campus Programme in UCC was the lack of adequate facilities for recycling on campus. Thanks to the success of the initiative, the University has not only significantly improved facilities for recylcing of waste, but implemented an ambitious and globally leading waste reduction programme.  

Zero Waste by 2030!

UCC's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (2023 -28) includes an ambitious target to become a Zero Waste certified campus by 2030. We have already made significant progress in this regard through our Plastic Free UCC initiative, removing all single use cups and plastic bottles from campus in 2023.

Building on the success of the University's 2016 Sustainability Strategy, the Plan aims to "make reuse the first option and promote a circular economy approach at all times."


Green Campus

University College Cork, College Road, Cork T12 YN60,