Cardboard: Since most students of University Housing when moving in pack their belongings in cardboard boxes and the trash dumpsters are full in August, December, and May, it was decided to start collecting and recycling cardboard. All materials that are shipped in cardboard boxes are either broken down and recycled or saved to be used to store Housing related items. The Commons Grill, located in the Commons Building, has also been assisting by providing empty or unused boxes to be recycled or used for storage. Cardboard is collected at the Commons Building and each residence hall.
Paper: The amount of colored paper that is used has been greatly reduced. The staff is able to discard all forms of paper, post-it notes, and fax sheets in a recycling bin that is emptied daily. Also, there is a bin of old letter sized paper kept in the Student Secretaries office, at the Commons Building, to serve as rough draft/scratch paper when printing correspondence. Paper is collected at each Residence Hall, University Housing Facilities Management office, Family Resource Center in Bldg. 420, the Commons Building, and in each building on the 400 side at Cougar Village.
Newspaper: Newspaper is collected at each Residence Hall, University Housing Facilities Management office, Family Resource Center, the Commons building, and in each building on the 400 side at Cougar Village.
Aluminum & Co-Mingled Tin: There are aluminum & tin receptacles located in the Commons Building, each Residence Hall, Family Resource Center, and each building on the 400 side of Cougar Village.
Technology Use: The amount of paper used has been reduced by the use of e-mail to communicate within the University community. A reduction in paper is also being accomplished by receiving reports electronically through INFOPAC and shared network drives.
Recycling Containers: There is a 4 compartment recycling bin located at each Residence Hall that can hold: paper, aluminum & tin, cardboard, and newspaper. There is a three compartment recycling bin located at the Commons Building that can hold: paper, aluminum & tin, cardboard, and newspaper. Due to the use of a new recycling facility all paper, newspaper, and cardboard are mixed together. These bins are emptied when full or at least once a semester. Each bin has new fold over (left to right) doors and locks to allow for more protection from the elements and to prevent someone from getting into the bin. There are blue crate sized containers located on each floor of Woodland Residence Hall to collect paper, newspaper, and aluminum & tin. These containers are also located throughout the Commons Building, University Housing Facilities Management office, the Family Resource Center in Building 420, and in the hallway of each 400 side building at Cougar Village. The smaller containers are picked up on a daily or every other day, year round basis. A student is employed to collect, sort, and recycle all materials in the University Housing Recycling Program.
Laser Printer Cartridges: Laser printer cartridges are being recycled by sending old ones in to be rebuilt and then recharged with toner. Once a cartridge is rebuilt it may be recharged five to ten times.
Reusable Mugs: The Commons Grill and other Dining Services operations run promotions and currently sell plastic, reusable mugs and encourage students, staff, & faculty to use them when purchasing fountain soda and coffee.