Georgia College & State U Transitions to Single Stream Recycling

In a recent transition from a student-run initiative to a college-owned program, the newly adopted recycling initiative replaces all trash cans with single stream recycling bins.

U Florida Athletic Stadium to Offer Composting

In line with its zero waste commitment, the university’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will offer composting and recycling, whereas previously only waste and recycling were offered. Labeling and increased staffing will help to eliminate contamination of either waste stream.

U Oregon Athletic Stadium Captures Oil for Biodiesel

The university’s athletic department recently made a deal with an alumni-founded local biodiesel manufacturer to capture its used vegetable fryer oil on game days.

Elmhurst College Hosts No Waste Lunch

Promoting green lifestyles to the incoming freshman class, the college’s no waste lunch efforts included compostable napkins, plates and silverware, and a team of volunteers to person the waste receptacles.

U Adelaide Feeds Community from Surplus Ingredients

(Australia): Partnering with OzHarvest Food Rescue, the Office of Sustainability recently fed more than 500 campus community and general public members with campus food that would have otherwise been thrown away.

Wesleyan U Admissions Goes Paperless

(U.S.): With this newly implemented paperless application system, applicants are able to submit all application materials and set up interviews online.

Western Illinois U Deploys Water Bottle Filling Stations

(U.S.): New this fall, the campus community can refill water bottles at six working stations, and by the end of the academic year, an additional 14 across campus. Since the installation of the initial stations, an estimated 77,200 16-ounce bottles have been diverted from the landfill.

Benedictine U Receives $46K for Food Composting

Made possible through a Food Scrap Composting Revitalization and Advancement Program grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the new composting project is expected to divert 105,000 pounds of waste per year. Managed by student workers, the food scrap diversion program will collect organic waste from the Lisle campus cafeteria.

U Kansas Launches Athletic Waste Diversion Program

In partnership with Rock Chalk Recycle, KU Recycling will introduce a waste diversion program that includes recycling and composting at all university home athletic events.

Vancouver CC Diverts 1K+ Gallons Waste from Landfills Per Week

Through its new recycling program, the university sends campus food scraps and expired products to a local ranch to be turned into compost.

North Carolina State U Donates, Diverts Unwanted Move-Out Items

(U.S.): Twenty-six thousand pounds of reusable items left behind during the student move-out from residence halls was recently donated to local nonprofits and 47,500 pounds of material recycled.

Elmhurst College Receives $28K Composting Grant

Awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Food Scrap Composting Grant Program, the funding will allow the college to purchase a grinder that will help divert up to 900 gallons of compostable material and food scraps from the landfill per week.

U New Hampshire Student Turns Recycling Prgm into Nat'l Nonprofit

The launch of a new nonprofit, PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network, is a national expansion of the university's student-led Trash 2 Treasure program, which to date has salvaged more than 100 tons of usable materials, recycled over 2,000 electronics, and donated more than five tons of food and clothing to local shelters. Trash 2 Treasure co-founder and recent graduate Alex Fried founded PLAN to work with student groups, administrators and sustainability offices to reduce campus waste nationwide.

U Wisconsin-Oshkosh Breaks Ground on $7M Biodigester Facility

Funded by the UW Oshkosh Foundation, the new biogas production facility at the state’s largest dairy farm will be able to generate 1.4 megawatts of electricity using livestock waste to generate, capture and combust methane. The biodigester will also be used by the university's environmental science, microbiology and sociology students as an off-campus laboratory.

York U Students Divert Nearly 27K Pounds of Waste from Landfill

The FreeStuff tables set up in each undergraduate residence during April and early May, where students were able to swap unwanted items, helped saved nearly 27,000 pounds of waste from the landfill this year. At the end of the move-out period, leftover items were donated to a local charity.

Carleton College Move Out Sale Raises $30K for Local Nonprofits

Community volunteers helped keep unwanted student items out of the landfills, sorting and organizing clothing, kitchen items, mini fridges, printers, bedding, books, and mirrors for the recent "Lighten Up" sale. After raising $30,000 for local nonprofits, the remaining items were donated to the Salvation Army or sent to electronics recycling.

Babson College Launches Pilot Food Waste Diversion Program

(U.S.): The joint initiative between Facilities Management, Sustainability Office and Sodexo Campus Services is expected to divert 1-2 tons per week of food waste produced by one campus dining hall from the landfill. Food waste will now be taken to local farms to be composted into soil. The college plans to expand the initiative to collect pre-consumer scraps from kitchen work stations and eventually collect post-consumer food waste.

Boston U 'Project Robinhood' Reduces Campus e-Waste

(U.S.): Since starting the initiative in March of 2013, IT staff Aaron Freed and Benny Soto have kept 20 computers from the landfill by refurbishing them for researchers in need. Freed and Soto haul the old computers back to their workstations with a "TRecycle," a three-wheeled vehicle built out of an old bicycle, scrap lumber and a wheel from a flea market.

Lehigh U Move Out Drive Raises $16K for Community Engagement

(U.S.): Volunteers recently helped keep items left behind by students from the the landfill by sorting and pricing them for sale. The funds raised from the initiative will support after-school homework clubs that pair university students with local schoolchildren.

Florida State U Saves 29K Pounds of Unwanted Items from Landfill

The Chuck it for Charity partnership between the university's Sustainable Campus and Housing & Residence Life includes weighing, sorting and redistributing unwanted items left behind during student move-outs to local community agencies. In the five years since its inception, the program has diverted more than 50 tons from the landfill.

Portland State U Conducts Waste Audit to Boost Diversion Efforts

With the goal of providing recommendations for improving waste diversion and reduction efforts on campus, university staff sorted through 690 pounds of campus garbage to find out what portion of materials could have been diverted from the landfill through recycling and composting, or avoided altogether by using durable goods. Recommendations to lower the percentage of materials that could have been composted (35 percent) and recycled (13 percent) include increased collection and education, enhanced recycling infrastructure and signage, and replacing restroom paper towels with efficient air hand driers.

UC Santa Cruz, City Partner to Reduce Move Out Waste

The university and the City of Santa Cruz are working with local charity organizations to provide free pick-up of bulky Items, clothing, e-waste, books and furniture from off-campus student residences as they move out for the summer. The first 100 student houses to sign up receive free pizza coupons.

U Oregon, Local Schools Team Up to Reduce Move Out Waste

Area high school students received an hourly credit to "buy" any items they were interested in for helping collect and remove the items left behind as University of Oregon students recently moved out of residence halls. Items not "bought" by the high school students were donated to the Springfield Public Schools Family Resource Centers.

Hartwick College Increases Recycling Efforts

Student leaders, staff, faculty and administrators are collaborating to raise awareness and improve recycling rates on campus with projects including the installation of clear, consistent recycling labeling; the addition of new recycling bins throughout campus; and Zero-Sort Recycling program outreach.

U California Santa Cruz Dorms Go Paper Towel-Free

In support of zero waste goals for 2020, paper towels will no longer be provided for drying hands in shared residential restrooms on campus. Thirty-four percent of the waste coming out of the residence halls is paper towels. Students will be asked to bring a supply of reusable cloth hand towels to school with them in the fall.

Vassar College Students Keep Unwanted Items from Landfill

Hundreds of pounds of clothing, appliances and other household items left behind as students recently moved out of the dorms were collected, sorted and donated to local nonprofit agencies by the college's SWAPR (Students With a Purpose Recycling) team. Before SWAPR started 13 years ago, the college would deploy 20 extra dumpsters outside the dorms to handle the flood of discarded material at the end of every school year. This year, says a Vassar College Committee on Sustainability intern, they only needed three to four.

Colorado State U Keeps 35K Pounds of Unwanted Items from Landfill

The university's "Leave it Behind" program sorts and sells unwanted items during student move-outs from residence halls. The proceeds will be donated to the campus EcoLeaders program.

New Mexico State U Adds 6 New Water Bottle Filling Stations

Since the installation of its first bottle filling station in March 2012, the university has saved more than 89,000 disposable plastic bottles from going to the landfill. Additional stations will be added by the end of the summer.

Towson U 'Trash-to-Treasure' Event Raises $3K for Sustainability

Staff, faculty, and community members bought items left behind during the student move-out at bargain prices, raising $3,007 for campus sustainability initiatives in areas including environmental education, recycling and renewable energy. Items left after the sale were donated to local charities and electronics were recycled through National Reclamation.

Denison U 'Operation Move Out' Donates Unwanted Student Items

As students recently moved out of the dorms, several local agencies like Big Brothers/Big Sisters and New Beginnings Shelter and Services were invited to the residence halls to look for donated usable items like couches, TVs, coffee makers and refrigerators.

Richland College Anthro Students Uncover Recycling Patterns

After digging through almost 600 pounds of trash on campus, the students determined that campus recycling rates will improve if recycling receptacles are placed in outlying areas of campus including soccer fields and parking lots.

Missouri State U Expands Move-out Recycling to Nearby Students

This year, students who live adjacent to campus can discard unwanted belongings on campus, where they will go to local charities.

New Mexico State U Increases Athletics Recycling

Through a grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation, the university has added 24 recycling bins at its sports stadiums and fields.

North Carolina State U Recycling Site Diverts 93% Waste

Ninety-three percent of the campus yard waste, scrap metal, wooden pallets, used tires, discarded electronics and more at the university's Dearstyne Roll-off Convenience Site are reused or recycled. The site is part of the university’s goal is to increase the overall diversion rate of campus waste from landfills to 65 percent from the current 50 percent. **

Cabrillo College Switches to Refillable Dry Erase Markers

In addition to reduced waste, this non-toxic alternative has saved about $600 per semester in the Physics Department compared to the cost of using regular, single-use markers.

Western Carolina U Adds 75 Recycling Bins to Campus

One of 35 colleges and universities to receive a donation of recycling bins as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program, the university will now be able to expand its recycling program to athletic facilities, where students reported a need.

U Illinois Chicago Expands Recycling Efforts

(U.S.) The university will install 60 recycling bins around campus and in residence halls. The bins were made possible by a grant from the Alcoa Foundation, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful.

Bowdoin College Athletes Implement Shoe Reuse Program

Bowdoin Green Athletes (BGA) looks to continue its campaign to ingrain sustainability into the athletic culture through a team-by-team strategy and a shoe reuse initiative. As part of the Rerun Shoes initiative, BGA has installed two boxes for students to donate their old, unwanted sneakers. About 200 pounds of shoes have been collected so far.

Cabrillo College Purchases Refillable Dry-Erase Markers

The college’s Division of Natural and Applied Science has begun using refillable dry-erase markers in an effort to eliminate toxins, reduce waste and save money.

San Francisco State U Students Monitor Recycling Bins

The Cesar Chavez Student Center has launched a new program that aims to educate students on waste diversion. Ten student volunteers will monitor recycling bins to ensure items are discarded properly. The university’s goal is to reach 100 percent waste diversion by 2020.

U Colorado Colorado Springs to Implement E-Waste Recycling Policy

The university has announced plans to institute a new electronics recycling policy beginning July 1. All university computers and electronic equipment will be addressed by this policy and will be recycled with an e-Steward certified recycler.

U Minnesota Launches Virtual Warehouse

The university has launched a new online exchange to facilitate reuse and waste reduction. Similar to Craigslist or Freecycle, the virtual warehouse allows users to exchange university property without visiting the ReUse warehouse or moving items to a building's dock for pickup.

Cowell College to Eliminate Paper Towels in Residence Halls

The college has announced plans to eliminate the use of paper towels in residence hall bathrooms. Small hand towels will be provided to residents in an effort to reduce the volume of used paper towels that go to the landfill.

Ohio U Project Creates Visual Representation of Recycled Plastic

The university’s Campus Recycling has created a visual representation of how quickly recyclable materials can accumulate over the course of one month. The 16-foot high campus sculpture, entitled “It All Adds Up,” is comprised of four weeks’ worth of recycled #1 and #2 plastics collected on campus. The project was created to coincide with the university's RecycleMania efforts.

Dundee U Launches Recycle and Reward Initiative

(U.K.): The university has installed four reverse vending machines that accept bottles and cans as part of the Recycle and Reward initiative. Students and staff will be rewarded for recycling through a variety of incentives including cash, discount vouchers or vouchers for donations to charities.

East Tennessee State U to Receive Recycling Bins

(U.S.): Alcoa Foundation ha partnered with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) to provide 60 recycling bins to the university as part of the Recycling Bin Grant Program.

U Chicago Launches Paperless Payroll

(U.S.): In an effort to reduce paper consumption, Financial Services has implemented a paperless payroll system. This digitization effort increases security and transparency while also reducing the costs of printing, shipping, archiving, and shredding.

U South Carolina Installs Solar Trash Compactors

(U.S.): The facilities department has installed eight BigBelly Solar trash compactors and Smart Belly recycling units at the Russell House University Union. The new compactors replaced 40 trashcans and will serve as a pilot program. The trashcans will be repurposed to offer more recycling cans in other areas of the campus.

Spelman College to Receive 75 Recycling Bins

The college will receive 75 recycling bins as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. The program is an effort to help schools boost their recycling results during the eight-week RecycleMania Tournament, and expand their recycling efforts throughout the year.

U Minnesota Morris Launches On-Site Composting

The university has launched an organic waste disposal program as part of its campus-wide sustainability efforts. The initiative was led by a group of students to help avoid a waste hauling fee and create a valuable resource for use in landscaping projects. In the past, all compostable materials were sent off-campus to be incinerated.