Georgetown U Distributes Recycling Bins in Dorms

(United States): As part of a marketing effort to increase student engagement, the Office of Sustainability has distributed recycling bins and educational fliers to all on-campus residents in dorms.

PepsiCo Spring Recycling Challenge Announces Results

(United States): PepsiCo's Dream Machine Recycling Initiative encourages participating colleges and universities to increase recycling rates by using its kiosk to collect plastic and aluminum beverage bottles and cans. The top five schools collecting the highest average amount of containers per kiosk are Mountwest College, Joliet Junior College, Rider University, University of Pittsburgh and Florida International University.

U Florida Student Spearheads Composting

(United States): A student in the university's College of Design, Construction and Planning has started a 10-bin collection system in an effort to promote the activities of the Student Compost Cooperative whose long-term goal is to establish compost collection bins across campus.

Earlham College Opens Free Store

Attempting to divert waste throughout the year from the landfill, a permanent collection bin holds the unwanted items until they are taken to the store where the campus community can pick things up for free.

Humboldt State U to Eliminate Plastic Bags

Beginning this spring, the university will not use any single-use plastic bags, and the bookstore, eateries and marketplaces will begin charging ten cents per paper bag.

York U Saves Paper and Money Through Online Application System

Supporting the university's sustainability goals, the university's Office of Admissions unveiled a new online system that allows applicants to track their application, and apply for scholarships and residence.

Davidson College Diverts Waste from Athletic Games

After noticing how much waste from athletic events is compostable or recyclable, students launched two athletic recycling and composting campaigns: one at a football game and one at a basketball game.

Oregon State U Creates Trash Sculpture

Attempting to raise awareness of how much is thrown away, a campus recycling group collected and sorted residence hall waste to create a monster, and labeled the visual display with how much waste an average person produces over a certain amount of time.

SUNY Purchase Cuts Ribbon on Composting System

The new large-scale system composts food waste from the food court and the on-campus coffee shop with plans to collect additional waste from other dining facilities as the operation gets underway.

U Washington Creates Waste Display

The new visual display aims to simplify waste disposal on campus and encourage greater composting and recycling by showing the items for compost, recycling and landfill.

Virginia Tech to Install Nearly 100 Solar Trash Compactors

Making recycling more convenient for the campus community, the solar compactors are intended to increase recycling rates and reduce carbon emissions from maintenance staff.

American U Increases Waste Reduction Through Partnership

(U.S.): Continuing to work toward its goal of zero waste by 2020, the university partnered with a for-profit clothing recycler to place collection bins for clothing, linens, shoes and accessories from the campus community.

Oklahoma State U Students Produce Recycling Video

(U.S.) The new video features the school's lead basketball blocker in an entertaining video encouraging the campus community to recycle.

Sabah U Malaysia Opens Recycling Center

(Malaysia): In a strategic effort to make its campus more sustainable, the university's Environmental Management System will be trained to implement the recycling initiative, conduct an environmental audit, and organize the first regional conference on sustainability.

Antioch U New England Launches Terracycle Partnership

Beginning in January 2014, the university's Social Justice and Sustainability team is collecting a variety of packaging materials that are currently not recycled, such as chip bags and toothpaste tubes, in an effort to increase its waste diversion.

Trinity Western U Implements New Waste Diversion Tools

Two students were instrumental in recently establishing a post-consumer compost collection system and new clearly marked recycling collection bins.

Princeton U Completes Single-Stream Recycling Pilot

The recently completed pilot yielded a 20 percent increase in recycling, providing momentum for the university's Building Services to make the transition to single-stream recycling.

Bentley U Install Recycling Machines

The newly installed recycling machines accept bottles and cans, giving a five-cent deposit back to recyclers and displaying real-time recycling data.

Simon Fraser U to Implement New Recycling System

The new system will be introduced spring 2014 and provide standardized color-coding to recycling bins across campus in an effort to divert 70 percent of waste from the landfill by 2015.

SUNY ESF Students To Initiate Campus-Wide Composting

Students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry are constructing a new facility for a campus-wide aerobic compost system that aids the composting process in colder months.

UC Berkeley Installs Recycled Recycling Bins

(U.S.): Agreeing to contribute to campus sustainability projects, the university's beverage contract funded each of the 13 newly installed, custom-designed bins, each made from 1,550 plastic milk jugs.

Western Carolina U Graduates Sport Recycled Gowns

(U.S.): Preventing nearly 12,000 plastic bottles from heading to the landfill, roughly 500 students will be dressed in 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottle gowns.

Montgomery County CC Institute Becomes Landfill-Free

Partnering with a private business, the community college's Culinary Arts Institute is now a Landfill-Free Enterprise, which means it uses all trash, recycling and food trimmings for energy or materials.

U California Berkeley Students Conduct Waste Audit

Striving to meet the University of California system's zero waste commitment by 2020, the recent student audit revealed a multitude of plastics in the waste stream. This new data will be helpful to the university's recent commitment to Plastics Disclosure Project, which tracks the lifecycle of plastics used on campus and pledges to reduce plastic waste.

Harvard U Students Jumpstart Bottled Water Ban

Student members of the university's Environmental Action Committee recently kicked off the Beyond the Bottle campaign with student signatures leading up to a ballot referendum to ban the sale of disposables.

U California Santa Cruz Holds Zero Waste Education Event

In a collaborative effort to divert material from landfills, the 2013 Fall Festival, which hosts a high number of new students, seeks to educate each other about the university's commitment to zero waste by 2020. The 2013 Fall Festival event diverted 88 percent of its waste from the landfill.

U California Santa Cruz Introduces Impact Award

(U.S.) The university's 2013 Chancellor's Sustainability Challenge inaugural Impact Award recognizes students who develop waste reduction/diversion projects, experience a deeper level of commitment, participate in existing programs, or raise awareness of the need to reduce waste. First place prize is $300.

U Missouri-St. Louis Increases Recycling Accessibility

(U.S.): With financial assistance from Keep America Beautiful, students and staff distributed over 150 new recycling bins throughout campus and announced the new single-stream recycling system.

British Columbia Institute of Tech Hosts Computer Reuse Program

In an effort to address the plethora of electronic waste inundating the landfills, the university will now be home to the West Coast branch of the World Computer Exchange, a service that will accept computers from members of campus or the community, refurbish the machines, and redistribute them to local and international communities in need.

Connecticut College Initiates Recycling Education Campaign

After recently observing trash and recyclables intermingling in bins across campus and to help end confusion about single-stream recycling, the Office of Sustainability started the Blue Campaign using billboards across campus to ask the question "What does blue mean to you?"

Portland State U Redistributes Abandoned Reusable Mugs

Known as Mug Runners, the new program collects reusable beverage containers from around campus and offers them through their Reuse Room.

U California Santa Cruz Transitions to Bottle-Free

University Dining services announced recently that all Perk Coffee Bars no long sell single-use water bottles. All buildings where the coffee bars exist were outfitted with hydration stations that allow members to fill their own reusable bottles.

Sonoma State U Students to Propose Bottled-Water Ban

With sustainability as a stated core value, students are attempting to pass a resolution in support of minimizing campus' environmental impact through the ban.

Clarkson U Students Conduct Waste Audit

As part of a fall class project, students separated the waste publicly in separate piles to understand the habits of the campus community. By way of this public display, passers-by were also educated about waste.

Eastfield College to Implement Sustainability Projects

The college's Green Team plans to install 16 water-bottle refilling stations in an effort to reduce waste from plastic bottles on campus; attach "smart heads" to sprinklers to conserve water; and create a new community garden project.

U Alberta Partners with Anaerobic Digester Facility

The university recently partnered with the City of Edmonton's anaerobic digestion facility to divert organic waste from the landfill and help it meets its diversion goals.

Queen's U to Place Recycling Stations

(U.S.): Sixty new bins, including organic waste bins, will be distributed across campus in an effort to make sorting waste on campus more prevalent and accessible.

Auburn U Reduces Facilities Filter Waste

After a recent partnership with a large filter manufacturer, the university reduced the amount of filters from nearly 30,000 per year to 4,549 in fiscal year 2013 leading to conserved electricity and monetary savings.

Central CC to Place Over 200 Recycling Receptacles

The board of governors recently approved the purchase of 218 receptacles costing approximately $277,000, which will be placed on the campuses in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings.

U Wisconsin Green Bay Composts Pre-Consumer Food Scraps

Attempting to reduce the amount of organic material it sends to the landfill, the university now sends all pre-consumer food waste from its' dining halls 50 miles to the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh for composting.

Western Washington U Students Pilot Rentable Mug Program

In an effort to reduce waste and money spent on handling that waste, students from a Campus Sustainability Planning Studio class initiated Project MUG this fall using grant funding from the university's green fee. Project MUG enables students to rent a reusable mug for beverages.

Sullivan County CC Breaks Ground on New Compost Facility

Food waste from two food service areas and campus offices will be composted at the college's new open bay composting facility. An anonymous donation to the college affords four stipends of $500 for students to operate the facility during the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.

Temple U Opens Office Supply Swap Shop

The pilot Temple Office Supply Swap (TOSS) allows students, faculty and staff to drop off or pick up supplies at no charge.

U Georgia Introduces Solar-Powered Waste Compactors

The university is co-locating its outside trash and recycling receptacles by installing 30 BigBelly Solar compactors across campus to make it easier to recycle. The recycling bins are set up for single-stream recycling.

U Maryland Initiates Post-Consumer Waste Audit

In an effort to focus their outreach efforts, facilitators of the ongoing audit aim to reduce the amount of trash bags used and increase the amount of composted and recycled material.

Alfred State College Introduces Waste Reduction Initiatives

In an effort to continue to reduce waste on campus, the college now works with compostable packaging and service items in its new Ever Green coffeehouse. Also, The Terrace, the college's main all-you-can-eat dining venue, now offers reusable takeout containers.

U California Irvine Receives Accolades from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently acknowledged the university for its zero waste and food recovery efforts. The zero waste program diverts 83 percent of the campus’ total waste materials from landfills by recycling, reusing and composting. The university has increased its food waste diversion from 90 tons in 2010 to 500 tons in 2012, when it joined the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.

Wesleyan U Installs Solar-Powered Waste Compactors

The university recently installed four BigBelly Solar trash compactors to increase its recycling rate and reduce the number of collection bins necessary, which also decreases labor involved in collection of the materials.

Bowling Green State U Rolls Out Campaign to Reduce Food Waste

The university Dining Services and Campus Sustainability Committee began a new program called Project Clean Plate, which educates students on the importance of not wasting food at its all-you-can-eat dining facilities.

Duke U Builds Cardboard Structure to Conceptualize Waste

Reusing boxes from the recent student move-in, Sustainable Duke, Duke Arts Festival, and Duke Sanitation and Recycling Services collaborated on Fort Duke to break the world record and enable students to visualize the move-in waste stream.