Q. Exactly how much water do I save by using the new green-handled low-flow toilets and urinals correctly? A. Old style toilets use anywhere from 2.8-3.5 gallons of water with each flush. Frequently, this wastes water without serving any real purpose. With the new dual-flush toilets installed in buildings around campus, each low flush (pushing the [...]
Q. What should I do with my electronic waste? A. It's important to keep electronic waste out of our landfills. E-waste often contains heavy metals that can leach into the ground and water supplies. Return all WFU computers by submitting an online service request for surplus pickup. Any computer cords and accessories can be deposited into [...]
Q. I know that aluminum cans and plastic bottles are banned from landfills in North Carolina. What else should I recycle on campus? A. You can find guidelines detailing what can and can't be recycled on campus on our Waste Reduction and Recycling page. For a printable visual reference, click here.
Q. I'm a student who's interested in the local foods movement on campus - how can I get involved? A. Here are a few ways you can get involved: Join the Campus Garden listserv to keep up on food-related issues Attend the regular work hours in the campus garden Join the Dining Commission and channel the [...]
Q. I've noticed how beautiful the Wake Forestgardens are, but isn't all that landscaping water intensive, particularly during the summer when the flowers are in bloom and water is at a premium? A. Though landscaping, particularly on a large scale like at the university, required a lot of input, there are many simple ways to minimize the amount [...]
Q. I made the switch to CFL bulbs, how do I dispose of them when they eventually burn out? A. Because Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) contain a small amount of gaseous mercury, you should not dispose of them in individual waste containers. Individuals should dispose of personal CFLs at the 3RC facility in Winston-Salem or a home improvement [...]
Q. Where can I recycle my batteries on campus? A. Rechargeable batteries, including cell phone batteries, can be recycled in the e-waste bins in the ZSR Library and Benson University Center. As you may know AAA-D batteries no longer contain Mercury and are therefore no longer considered Universal Waste. Most municipalities and counties advise landfilling those [...]
Q. Wait, there's no Styrofoam in the Reynolda Fresh Food Company? How am I supposed to take food to-go from the Pit? A. You heard right. In 2009, as a university community, we disposed of over 7,000 foam to-go containers each week. Starting in the fall of 2010, we made the green reusable to-go containers mandatory, which [...]