Ever find yourself standing between a trash can, recycling bin, and compost bucket, wondering which one the garbage in your hand belongs to? Many students and staff have this problem, posing a challenge to reaching the campus wide goal of zero waste by 2020. Tracking the university’s waste from the landfill more efficiently involves knowing where and how UCSC as an institution disposes of its waste. By creating a collaborative, central database, we can better monitor this process; this involves communicating with stakeholders all across campus, from labs to TAPS services, to find out what waste they produce, how it’s categorized, and where those different categories go. I’m currently working towards gathering all of this information and making it easily accessible, perhaps in a Google form. Establishing a regular interval for this data collection process will improve our waste diversion reports to the UC Office of the President, as well as provide us with knowledge to efficiently divert more waste from the landfill.