The campus is starting to see dividends from its plastic, cardboard and scrap metal recycling that began in 2009. Overall waste removal costs are down as more waste is kept out of the municipal waste containers. For example, the University recycled 4.55 tons of scrap metal in 2010 and 2.6 tons in 2011.
Obviously, the less waste, the greater the savings since waste removal is charged by weight. Another benefit to recycling is that it keeps metals out of the landfill so they can be recycled and used again. This in turn helps reduce production costs for businesses and industries.
Furthermore, the revenues the school receives for recycling can be used to support other initiatives on campus.
The University’s plastic and cardboard recycling bin is emptied three times per week. Since weight is not recorded, the University is working with its vendor on a program that will further support sustainability efforts on campus.
Kitchen grease (yellow grease) is collected as needed by a service company working for FDY. Grease can be recycled and used in other applications.