RECYCLING AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
Reducing the amount of waste, for example, through leasing, procurement, and reuse is the best option. However, where we produce waste, we aim to divert as much as possible away from landfill through recycling. At SOU we recycle a number of material streams.
A Recycling Program with an on-campus recycling center for glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, and cans was founded by students in 2011 as part of a capstone project focused on diverting waste from the landfill. This is supported by indoor and outdoor central collection points. Having a recycling center on campus helps us to make sure only the highest quality material for recycling leaves the campus. We also recycle number of other materials and products including ink toner and cartridges, batteries, lamps and lightbulbs, electronic appliances and equipment, books, paint, oil, furniture, wood, scrap metal, marker pens, pens, and mechanical pencils and spray cans.