The University continually explores ways to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Monmouth University has been a member of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s WasteWise Business Network since March 2009. The program is run through the EPA and is geared toward eliminating costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes to benefit the environment. The WasteWise initiative combined with the University’s prior recycling habits yielded tremendous results.
In 2010, the University reported 33.8% of our wasted being diverted from traditional disposal methods such as landfills. In 2017, the University reported a waste diversion rate of approximately 55%.
In 2011, the University introduced single stream recycling, a form of recycling that allows for comingled receptacles. It has helped increase our recycling rates by making it easier to recycle.
In 2014, the University began installing Hydration Station installations in high traffic areas to reduce the volume of trash and recyclables, and to encourage the reuse of durable containers to fill with filtered water. Since 2014, we have diverted more than 728,182 disposable plastic bottles from landfill (or approximately 149,000 bottles during 2017). We are currently expanding the use of hydration stations in all residence halls.
Other waste and recycling practices:
- Green Seal or EcoLogo products used for housekeeping
- 100% recycled content for all rest room paper products
- 70% post-consumer recycled content for all trash liners
- High speed hand dryers for rest room applications
- Recycling/composting of all campus landscape waste
- Recycled paper “to-go” boxes for campus dining operations
- Offer metal straws for campus dining operations
- Recycled content in campus-wide purchasing of office papers