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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 2015-16 academic year, 2,455 tons of waste were produced. Not only has the total amount of waste reduced by 3.9% in comparison to 2014-15 levels, the portion of recycled waste has also increased to 115.62 tons in 2015-16. With the ongoing efforts of individuals, offices and residents, the recycling rate has increased by 17.3% compared to the same period in 2014-15. As a measurable benchmark, our recycling rate was 4.7%. During the 2015-16 academic year, the most commonly recycled materials were paper, glass, and food waste, which contributed to 80.5% 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 installation of new recycling and compost bins on campus, the diversion of waste from landfills is expected to increase further.