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To achieve the targets in HKUST 2020 Sustainability Challenge, the university has made great strides to divert recyclables from landfills. In the 2016-17 academic year, 2,950 tons of waste were produced. Not only has the total amount of waste reduced by 7.3%, the portion of recycled waste has also increased to 381 tons. With the ongoing efforts of individuals, offices and residents, the recycling rate has increased by 186% compared to the same period in 2015-16. As a measurable benchmark, our waste diversion rate was 11.4%. During the 2016-17, we appointed an outside contractor to collect the food waste every day, the most commonly recycled materials last year was food waste, which contributed to half of the total recycling amount. In this year in particular, we have been able to receive much more accurate data, serving as a baseline for us to better understand our waste habits. With the implantation new initiatives on campus, the diversion of waste from landfills is expected to increase further.