SRU Waste Prevention
SRU has an active recycling program, typically recycling more than 200 tons of material each year that would have been sent to landfills. This has allowed us to reduce the amount of material sent to landfills by over 30% since our base year of FY 2005/2006. Click here to find out more about WHAT and HOW we recycle at SRU.
In addition, 16 tons of pre-consumer food scraps are taken from campus dining halls and, combined with leaves collected on campus and from the community, is used to make compost that is then used for campus beautification projects. We also recycle dining hall cooking oil to make biodiesel fuel for our mowing equipment, participate in RecycleMania each year, and have begun a TerraCycling program to recycle cosmetic products.
SRU Long-Term Waste Diversion/Recycling Goals
· Implement Single Stream* recycling by or before 2017
· Increase Waste Diversion Rate to 50% by or before 2027
· Increase Waste Diversion Rate to 80%+ by or before 2037
*Single stream (also known as “fully commingled” or "single-sort") recycling refers to a system in which all recyclables are mixed in a collection truck, instead of being sorted by the resident into separate commodities. In single stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility. The goal of single stream recycling is increased participation in the recycling process (resulting in higher rates of recycling and lower quantities of waste landfilled).
SRU Recycling Program
WHAT We Recycle:
Just about anything: Aluminum cans ~ #10 tin cans ~ Glass & plastic bottles ~ Cardboard ~ Paper (Confidential and non-confidential) ~ “Universal waste” (electronic waste) ~ Tires ~ Scrap metal ~ Used fluorescent lamps (removed by maintenance personnel and delivered to a central collection location on the outer edge of campus, where it is removed every six months by a licensed universal waste company) ~ Wood pallets (removed by maintenance personnel and delivered to a central collection location for periodic recycling pickup) ~ Cosmetic Products (from Residence Halls and ARC only)
HOW We Recycle:
1. ALUMINUM CANS, #10 TIN CANS, GLASS & PLASTIC BOTTLES
Place in any blue “cans, glass & plastic” recycling container or green recycling container labeled “Cans” within or outside campus buildings. Interior building containers are removed nightly by custodial staff and transported to a nearby recycling area/dumpster. Dumpster materials are picked up and removed from campus by Tri-County Industries, Inc., every two to four weeks, depending on volume.
All cardboard must be broken down and taken to the baler area on the 2nd floor of the Smith Student Center, where it is baled on-site by maintenance personnel and stored in a designated area for pick up and removal from campus by Jasar Recycling, Inc., every two to four weeks depending on volume.
3. PAPER (NON-CONFIDENTIAL)
All non-confidential paper (B&W, color, glossy, etc.) is to be placed in any blue “paper” recycling container within or outside campus buildings. Interior building containers are removed nightly by custodial staff and transported to a nearby recycling area/dumpster. Dumpster materials are picked up and removed from campus by AbiBOW Recycling Inc., on a monthly basis.
4. PAPER (CONFIDENTIAL)
Paper documents that reflect information of a confidential nature are placed in separate recycling containers specified for confidential paper. These containers are locked to ensure security until removed. Confidential paper is picked up and removal from campus by the Paper Exchange, Inc., every four (4) weeks.
5. UNIVERSAL WASTE
Discarding of the following materials is regulated under the hazardous waste regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and cannot be discarded in regular solid waste streams:
Non-Alkaline Batteries: Lead-Acid, Nickel-Cadmium, and Lithium batteries may be dropped off at EH&S, and are returned where possible to the vendor for replacement. These batteries are collected regularly and delivered to a central collection location on the outer edge of campus, where they are removed every six months by delivery to the Battery Warehouse, a licensed universal waste company.
Electronic Waste, including monitors: The IATS department handles the reuse/recycling of computer equipment owned by the University (ONLY); personal e-waste can be recycled only during special events sponsored by the SRU Department of Environmental Health and Safety, such as the Community E-Waste Collection Days begun during Earth Week 2014. During these special collection days, members of the Slippery Rock community may drop off their unwanted electronic waste during designated days/hours at the SRU Recycling Center at Stores 2 Building on Kiester Road. Note that SRU is not responsible for the protection of personal data, so computer hard drives should be removed/destroyed before dropping off for recycling. Acceptable and unacceptable items are as follows:
Acceptable Electronic Waste:
- PC’s and Laptops
- PC Monitors – CRT, LCD and Security monitors
- Televisions – CRT, Flat Panel (LCD, Plasma, LED types), Consoles and Projection Screens
- Network Devices – Servers, Routers, Switches, Hubs, Arrays
- Printing Devices – Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Copiers, Duplicators, Plotters, Typewriters
- A/V Devices – CD/DVD/VHS/Blue Ray Players, MP3 Players, iPods, Projectors, Stereos, Video Games Consoles, Speakers, Receivers (audio, cable, satellite), Recorders, Convertor Boxes
- Telecom Devices – Cell Phones, PDA’s, Telephones, Pagers, Answering Machines
- Power Supplies – UPS’s (Uninterruptible Power Supplies), Surge Protectors
- Peripherals – All items used in the function of devices above – keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.
- Wire/Cabling – All cables, wires and power cords used in the functioning of devices above
- Hardware – All parts that are, or once were, part of these devices (circuit boards, computer hard drives, RAM, processors, power supplies, optical/floppy drives, etc.)
- Batteries – ONLY those from Laptops or UPS’s
- Lab/Test/Measurement Devices – Meters, Oscilloscopes, Analyzers, Testers, etc.
- Ink Cartridges – Inkjet, Toner, Fuser
- Household Hazardous Waste – Paint, Oil, Cleaning Supplies, Medication (pills, liquids, etc.)
- Liquids – Any and all liquids
- Light Bulbs & Lamps – Fluorescent, Incandescent, HID, Flood, PL, Biax, etc.
- Home Appliances – Washers/Driers, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Air-Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Stoves, Vacuums, Lamps
- Batteries – Alkaline, Lead-Acid, etc. (except for Laptop or UPS batteries)
- Gas-Powered Equipment and Lawn Equipment