Housing recycling

  • cardboard recycling movein 2017

Cardboard Recycling: Move-in

During move-in, the Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability partners with University Housing to provide cardboard recycling at all residence halls. Volunteers staff the dumpsters to break down cardboard boxes and prevent contamination.Thanks to these efforts, we typically recycle over 5 tons of cardboard which otherwise would have ended up in a landfill.

We are currently seeking volunteers for 2019 move-in, taking place August 16th and 17th. Sign-up via the link below. If you have questions, please contact Kamran Sadiq, Recycling & Waste Diversion Intern, Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability.

Sign-up to help with cardboard recycling here

SwapShop: Move-out

Students moving out in July participates in a “swap shop” in which they bring items that they no longer want (i.e. clothes, appliances, books, and hygiene products) to a common space. Interested students can take anything left behind by others. The CARE Center collects the remaining items and donates them to MUST Ministries. As a result of the Swap Shop, CARE keeps reusable items out of the landfill and donates goods to students and others in need.


Sustainability Fun Facts...

  • In 2013, the U.S. generated over 15 million tons of textile waste, much of this in the form of used clothing. Rather than being thrown away, these clothes can be repurposed, donated, or worn again. You can reduce clothing waste by shopping for used contemporary or vintage items, participating in a clothing swap with friends, and limiting your purchase of disposable goods.
  • Rather than throwing furniture, appliances, or electronics in the trash, donate them to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and other similar groups. Make these stores your first stop when purchasing "new to you" items for your home, apartment, or dorm.
  • According to the EPA, cardboard is one of the easiest materials to recycle, due in part to a ready market to buy and reuse this material. Recycling cardboard can reduce waste disposal costs, creating immediate financial savings.

What steps can you take to, first, reduce waste generated and, second, recycle?