For most of you the majority of your on-campus recycling needs will be covered through our our single-stream recycling program utilizing our blue and black containers spread around campus. Learn more about the Zero-Sort Program.
However, our campus generates a lot of specialty waste items that need to be handled differently. To better understand this, think about your home, you likely generate some waste or materials that you know you cannot throw into you trash or recycling like, batteries, paint, fluorescent lights, old electronics and even sensitive documents that you don't want to toss in your bin without shredding first. At the university, we generate the same waste except on a much larger scale across all of campus.
Here are some of those items:
- 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 reused offsite or broken into its component parts and 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.
- Other Electronics (Including computers, computer accessories, coffee makers, microwaves, printers, and anything else that runs off of electricity)
- 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 shredded and recycled by a local company.
- All scrap metal is collected and picked-up onsite.
- Light Bulbs
- All fluorescent and halogen 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 we cannot throw away. This paper is shredded before being recycled to maintain confidentiality.
- 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.
- Waste oil from vehicles or on campus equipment 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.