In our continuing effort to reduce waste and increase recycling, the University entered into a WasteWise Partnership on March 13, 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 has yielded tremendous results:
- During the period from June 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, 2,318 cubic yards of cardboard; 787 cubic yards of comingled bottles/glass/plastic; and 533 cubic yards of mixed paper were recycled, representing a diversion rate of 33.8% of our wasted being diverted from traditional disposal methods such as landfills.
- In an effort to increase our diversion rate, we introduced single stream recycling, a form of recycling that allows for comingled receptacles, during the Spring 2011 semester. We are also in the process of investigating composting opportunities with the campus food service to reduce food waste.