Zero Waste

In May 2021, Pope Francis stated: "We need a new ecological approach that can transform our way of dwelling in the world, our styles of life, our relationship with the resources of the Earth and, in general, our way of looking at humanity and of living life.”

In response to Pope Francis’ appeal, the SLUH community has begun to address our own “style of life.” Each day, the average American discards 4.5 lbs of trash and food. Almost all of it can be reused, recycled or composted. Beginning this year, the SLUH community strives for Zero Waste.

The Waste Team’s most recent audit found that our SLUH family threw away 6,000 single-use bags, more than 1,200 plastic bottles and an overwhelming amount of compostables per WEEK. And this count did not include all the special events, public functions or athletic competitions.

The administration, in partnership with Food Services Consultants, is working to remove single-use plastic from our servery and vending machines. This is only the beginning. We are ramping up our waste reduction orientation and education efforts, and we need YOUR HELP.

While we know we will never achieve a perfect flat line, the question moving forward for our community is How low can we go? Here are some simple guidelines to consider as you plan your event or activities at SLUH or with members of our school community:

  1. REUSE more
  2. COMPOST more
  3. RECYCLE more

We are trying to get a handle on what we currently compost, recycle and discard in landfill waste. While Zero Waste is often times an empty pledge, we are ardently trying at SLUH to see How Low Can We Go? How can we improve our reuse, recycling and compost to preserve and share our resources in the most conscious and responsible way. We need your help to do this, please reach out to Joan Bugnitz ( and the Waste Team at SLUH to learn how to make your event or activity at SLUH produce as little waste as possible.