Recycling & Waste Diversion

The university’s primary goal is to reduce our overall output of waste. The majority of our recycling occurs through our Zero-Sort program and is handled by Casella Waste Solutions. Zero-Sort covers all mixed paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum, tin and steel. Learn more about the Zero-Sort Program

Every effort is made to find a local organization to accept our materials and we prefer to only use organizations that are R2 certified or equivalent. Some of our ongoing recycling programs in addition to the Zero-Sort program are as follows:

  • Batteries
  • Furniture
    • The university generates surplus and old furniture. Our primary goal is to reuse furniture in-house before we dispose of it.
    • If no in-house use is found or the furniture is not usable then the furniture is recycled.
  • Cell Phones and Handheld Electronics
    • The electronic items are collected and sent out in bulk.
  • Toner and Ink Cartridges
    • There’s lots of printing and copying here at the university and as a result lots of empty ink and toner cartridges are generated.
  • Electronics
    • There is a wide variety of electronic waste generated from daily operations. All of this is collected and routinely picked up.
  • Hard Drives
    • Hard drives are collected degaussed and all of the platters are physically destroyed. The scraps are then recycled by a local company.
  • Metals
    • All scrap metal is collected and picked-up onsite.
  • Light Bulbs
    • All fluorescent light bulbs are considered a hazardous waste and are collected by the university and recycled.
  • Shredding of Sensitive Documents
    • Often departments will generate paper waste that contains sensitive information. This paper is shredded before being recycled to maintain confidentiality.
  • Refrigerants
    • Many items containing refrigerant are disposed of regulations dictate that we need to drain these items before we dispose of them for recycling. A local company will come by and drain all of the items for us.
  • Oil
    • Waste oil is collected and recycled by a local environmental services company.
  • Vegetable Oil
    • Vegetable oil is collected from all dining locations and sent out to be converted into biofuels.