In 2001, the University of Maryland’s overall recycling rate was 17%. As of 2014, the university was recycling 78% of its waste. In 2001 and 2008, the Department of Residential Facilities worked with a consultant to conduct a waste audit in order to determine the composition of the university’s waste stream and opportunities to make substantial improvements. In the fall of 2014, Residential Facilities worked with another qualified consultant to measure and analyze the established waste, recycling, and composting programs, and propose further waste reduction strategies around campus. The results of the audit will be used to guide the department’s strategy on how to implement a composting program in the resident halls. Additional reports and recommendations from the consultant will increase the university’s knowledge of current programs and shape future sustainability efforts.