Q: How do I get a desk-side recycling bin for my office? A: The Reynolda campus transitioned to desk-side recycling collection for faculty and staff in the spring of 2015. Small blue bins labeled with "Paper, Cans, Bottles" stickers are available for pick-up in the Office of Sustainability. Any desk-side bin with a "Paper, Cans, Bottles" sticker [...]
Over the past fifteen years the effort to reduce solid waste on campus has expanded from its humble origins as a simple recycling program to the holistic campus-wide waste reduction initiative it is today. Before 1998 the campus’s overall waste diversion rate was negligible; by 2010 it had jumped to 45% and in 2012 it had [...]
Q. The new school year is starting and I want to give sustainability a try – do you have any materials to get me started? A. You are in luck! From recycling to dining, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn how you can receive your personal recycling bin, Green Guide, reusable to-go container, reusable [...]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lck6wjRyLl0 PSA Video for the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability advocating the proper sorting of recyclables from waste. Produced by students of the Wake Forest Documentary Film Program.
Mismatched recycling bins from across campus found new homes just in time for the holidays. The displaced bins -- a result of the transition to a new recycling bin standard on campus -- were donated to schools across the county, as well as to local churches and homeless shelters. After a successful pilot program [...]
Megan Anderson, nicknamed “Captain Planet” by her friends, unabashedly loves trash. In almost any other profession, this trait would be considered a little bizarre, but as the university’s new Waste Reduction and Recycling Manager, Anderson’s affinity for garbage is a great asset. “The average American disposes of 4.5 pounds of trash a day. Trashing things has [...]
From unwanted textbooks to used furniture to notebook paper, university students together diverted more than 8,725 pounds of waste from dumpsters and landfills during 2010 move out, the most waste intensive part of the academic year. For the 3rd semester in a row, the university partnered with Better World Books to give students a way to [...]
Q. Why should I bother to recycle at Wake? Doesn't the university just throw away all the recyclable waste? A. A significant percentage of university waste is diverted to be recycled including several dozen tons of cardboard each year. It is true that around 40 percent of recycling bins are contaminated by non-recyclables, like food waste, [...]
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.
11/15: America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Check out events in the surrounding area at the America Recycles Day event calendar for North Carolina, and of course remember to recycle everyday!