Recycling has always been one of the fundamental ways to promote a sustainable environment. Recycling saves energy and water, landfill space, and prevents the creation of more greenhouse gases, especially methane from landfills. Here at USU, we’re committed to recycling all we can in an effort to reduce USU’s carbon footprint.
In December of 1990, the official program of USU Recycling began. With a $50,000 initial grant, the program consisted of one vehicle for retrieval, containers for each building on campus, one student employee, and one part-time supervisor. USU Recycling now has a Recycling Center with 10,000 square feet of space, four full-time employees, and seven part-time employees.
Last fiscal year we recycled over 665 tons of material in 23 different categories, including six different grades of paper. There are now recycling bins in all of the buildings on campus, all classrooms, and all residence halls. The program continues to expand by accepting new materials, involving the campus in more waste reduction and recycling programs and competitions, and adding more and more bins to campus. We have recently expanded our services to include collection of move-out goods from residence halls. The next big expansion will include adding recycling bins to all of the offices on campus and simplifying the collection process.
Please feel free to visit our website for more information: www.usu.edu/recycle, call us at 797-2011, or come visit us at the Recycling Center located at 870 East 1250 North.