The Office of Sustainability partners with our waste hauler each year to ensure all waste from move-in is managed sustainably.
At the end of every summer thousands of students move into our residence halls within a very short period of time. It takes coordination across the campus and the city to make this process go as smoothly as possible. The last thing many students and campus visitors are thinking of during this time is what will they do with their trash after they get everything into their residence hall room.
As a result, during this time we work closely with our waste hauler in the background to ensure all of the move-in trash is captured by a set of temporary roll-off containers. These containers are placed in strategic locations near residence halls to make getting all of the waste into them as easy as possible. Both trash and recyclables are placed into one container and require very little work from our new and returning students and campus guests. These materials are brought to our waste hauler's nearby Materials Recovery Facility or MRF where they sort through all the waste and separate the material into the appropriate trash and recyclables categories.
By and large, the principal waste streams we see from move-in consists of cardboard and plastics. Partnering with our hauler ensures as much material as possible is diverted from the waste stream while making it as easy and painless as possible for our end-users and campus visitors each year.