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Recycling Plan

Administrative Structure for Campus Recycling

The administration of the recycling program is under the general supervision of the Director of Facilities Planning & Management and is as follows.

  • Campus Recycling Officer
    Wes Enterline (262) 472-6709
  • Recycling Coordinator for Remodeling & Building Construction
    Ken Kramer (262) 472-6706
  • Recycling Coordinator for Procurement
    Josh Filer (262) 472-6708
  • Recycling Coordinators - Academic Building
    David Soliz (262) 472-5553
  • Recycling Coordinator for Education
    Lance Fredrick
    (262) 472-1856
  • Facilities Recycling Contacts:
    University Center - Bob Barry (262) 472-6223
    University Dining Service - Bob Barry (262) 472-6223
    Residence Life - Terry Tumbarello (262) 472-5275
    University Bookstore - Terry Meinel (262) 472-5632


FP&M Purchasing has initiated a comprehensive plan to seek out, recommend, obtain, and procure products having recycled content.  All copier paper purchased is 30% post consumer recycled product.  All hygienic paper products are made with recycled products.Campus Printing and Central Stores encourages the use of recycled papers. 

Recycling Collection Methods and Locations

Material is recycled from all buildings on campus. Waste is separated into two waste streams: recyclable and non-recyclable waste. This is done by a color coded system:

  • Blue containers for all recyclables, except where recycling containers are labeled differently
  • Tan or brown containers for trash
  1. Recyclable Materials
    1. Collected in blue recycling containers in offices, public spaces, and some service areas. Acceptable recyclables include:
      1. Flattened cardboard (empty & flat)
      2. Newspapers, magazines, catalogs
      3. White paper
      4. Phone books, paperback books
      5. Junk mail, envelops (including window envelopes)
      6. Chip-board, (cereal boxes, shoeboxes, etc.)
      7. Shredded paper (Bag in clear bags)
      8. Tin cans & Empty spray cans
      9. Aluminum cans
      10. Glass containers (Clear, green, and brown)
      11. Plastic containers, bottles and jugs (#1-7 plastic only)
      12. Small metal items (pots, pans, etc.)
    2. Residence Halls; Recyclable materials can be put in blue recycling containers and taken to the building outdoor recycling roll-off units for processing.
    3. Cardboard generated on campus is to be flattened or baled and put into dumpsters or roll-offs for pick up by the University's waste contractor.
    4. Recyclable materials can be put in dumpster or roll-off units at the building recycling center collection sites for pick up by the University's waste contractor. The University waste contractor provides single stream recycling and separates recyclables for delivery to various markets.
  2. Polystyrene Products
    1. Polystyrene packing "peanuts" are saved by Receiving and reused in shipping items off campus.
  3. Yard Waste
    1. The grounds department chips and processes most yard waste. A small composting site is available to recycle excess yard waste.
  4. Alkaline and lithium batteries are collected and recycling by the stores staff in the General Services building
  5. Lead Acid Batteries Waste Oil, and Tires
    1. Current procurement practices require battery exchange when new "lead acid" batteries are purchased.
  6. Waste oil is accumulated (500 gallon container) and collected for recycling by receiving firm.
  7. Waste tires are taken to Mallard Ridge Land Fill, shredded and used for daily landfill cover.  Tires replaced on service and university vehicles and equipment are collected by vendor for recycling.
  8. Electronic equipment including computer monitors, keyboards, peripherals, printers, and associated power and signal cords are collected and recycled by the stores staff located at the General Services building.

Recyclable Material Markets and Re-Uses

  1. The market for recyclable material is very fluid.
    1. Alternate recycling markets are continually explored by our recycling contractor.
    2. Recyclables are separated by our waste contractor and sold to processors as markets allow.
    3. Yard waste is chipped and reused as bedding on campus by University Grounds staff.
  2. Scrap metal that is generated or collected by maintenance is recycled.
  3. Separation and Disposal Methods.
    1. Recyclable materials are put in color coded containers. The waste contractor separates this waste at their waste separation site and markets the products.

Recyclables provide operational savings by reducing the volume of waste material taken to the landfill. Recycling also reduces landfill emissions and the associated effects on climate.  Records of total waste weight, recyclable weight, and non-recyclable waste weight will be maintained to determine recycling success for the campus.A successful recycling program requires support and participation at all levels of the organization. This team effort requires faculty, staff, employers and students are educated and involved.