Lighten Your Load

As a Tulanian, you have many options to reduce your waste.

Single-Use Bags

In response to a student-led initiative to reduce waste on our campuses, a charge of $0.15 for single-use bags at all Tulane University dining and bookstore locations was started in 2019. This program aims to encourage customers to consider how daily actions impact Tulane’s environmental footprint and to minimize unnecessary waste from single-use bags. Revenue collected from this charge goes towards university sustainability initiatives. Bring your own reusable bag or opt not to use a bag.

Other Tips

  • Use your own water bottle and fill up at a water bottle refill station on campus instead of purchasing water in disposable containers. Use the interactive campus map to find buildings with water bottle filling stations. Click on the box for Sustainability features to view. 
  • Keep a set of quality reusable silverware in your bag or purse and use this instead of disposable utensils.

Move-Out: Trash to Treasure

Tulane Trash to Treasure is a student-led waste reduction initiative at Tulane University. Each spring student volunteers collect unwanted dorm items from students and sell them back at the beginning of Fall Semester at 70-90% off store prices. Proceeds then go to local non-profit organizations. For more information on Trash to Treasure’s donation collection, volunteer opportunities, and sale dates, visit their Facebook page.

Join the Waste Warriors

Get involved with the Office of Sustainability’s student-led waste reduction group. The waste warriors work on policy change, educational campaigns, and events centered on reducing and reusing Tulane’s campus waste. To join, email