Starting or enhancing a campus-based recycling program…

University of California @ Davis

With diversion rates over 50% for the last 8 years, UC Davis’ R4 Program stands out as it “prepares students to integrate the ideas and practices of waste management with the environmental foundation they receive on Campus.” They even have a zero waste coordinator for campus events. This site is well worth your visit.

Humboldt State University (HSU)

WHAT’S HOT: Resources for Other Campuses, a 5 step plan for campus waste reduction
HSU has had a campus waste reduction program in place since 1987 and has used that experience to develop a guide called “Recycling and Beyond: A Model for Campus Communities” that can be accessed through the link to Resources for Other Campuses. Some of the information in this guide is outdated or specific to the U.S. west coast but its overall 5 step plan for creating a campus waste reduction program is still sound and worth

University of Missouri – Green Campus

This site provides a short, well-organized overview on how to start a campus recycling program. It first discusses a four-step approach for developing a proposed campus recycling program. This is followed by brief discussions regarding the materials that can be recycled, their markets and the type of collection equipment that can be used along with relevant web site citations. A listing of other information resources that can be consulted on campus recycling is also provided.


getting the most out of campus recycling programs
These are links to examples of well-developed campus recycling programs. These sites, in general, do a good job of providing descriptions of what services are provided, the materials that are recovered and what results have been achieved. The individual site notes will focus on noteworthy information resources.

University of Oregon

WHAT’S HOT: This site has it all!
One of the real strengths of this site is the wealth of detail provided on how the campus recycling program works through its sections on program structure, equipment, education and promotion and marketing. Other recommended sections to consult would be those that address re”1″>ion of construction and demolition waste, special event waste prevention and how to conduct environmental and waste audits.

University of Minnesota (U of M)

WHAT’S HOT: SMART recycling strategies
It is highly recommended for visitors to this site first review the online description of the SMART (Self Managed Activities for Recyclables and Trash) system, the operating approach that underlies the university’s recycling program. The premise of the SMART System is that the individual who generates waste and recyclable materials is responsible for their management and that the receiving points for both materials should be equally convenient. According to the U of M recycling program, the end result of implementing the SMART system was a significant increase in the recovery of all recyclable materials.

University of Michigan

WHAT’S HOT: moving day trash, stadium and event recycling, recycling containers
There is a lot of information on this site directed at both students and university staff on how to recycle or minimize waste resulting from either moving in, out or around the university. Another distinctive feature of this site is its discussion of recycling at special events and Michigan Stadium. There is also a useful visual directory of the types of indoor and outdoor recycling containers used by the university recycling program.

Colorado University Recycling

WHAT’S HOT: Green Products Guide, special events recycling
Colorado University operates one of the largest and oldest campus recycling programs. Some useful resources at this site include information on their Intermediate Processing Facility, Special Events recycling and a recently published online Green Products Guide.

Loyola Marymount College

WHAT’S HOT: Check out their program operations.
Want to know how to make your program economically sensible? Your administrators will sign anything that saves
money and flaunts efficiency.

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