Waste Reduction and Recycling

Between 2004 and 2012, UNCG saved over $1 million through waste diversion programs. In fact, one of the easiest ways to participate in these programs and divert waste from the landfill is to recycle.
Chart for Waste Diversion and Associated Saving at UNCG

Waste Reduction Tips

Rethink
  • Buy reusable products such as cloth rags instead of paper towels
  • Buy local goods or items manufactured at the regional level of production
  • Buy Energy Star products and return old goods to the manufacturer (if possible)
  • Close the Loop by purchasing items that contain at least 30% recycled-content
  • Buy products that use less (or no) packaging and recycle the packaging (if you can)
  • Buy Designed for the Environment products that are Recognized for Safer Chemistry
Reduce
  • Make “duplexing” or printing on both sides your default print and copy setting
  • Distribute electronic versions of presentations and recurring news publications
  • Remove your name to opt-out of junk mail and catalog lists at any or all of the following websites: • www.DMAchoice.orgwww.ecocycle.org
Reuse
  • For notes and drafts, reuse the back-side of single-side printed sheet of paper
  • Keep your stuff until the useful life ends, then fix it instead of throwing it away
  • Use refillable ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and reusable shopping bags
  • Shop at local thrift stores, Habitat for Humanity, and The Salvation Army
  • Items such as clothes can come back in style again as “retro” sooner than you think
  • Donate unwanted items to the annual Cram and Scram sale after spring semester
Recycle
  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard in bins throughout campus
  • Make recycling bins available at all of your events and meetings on campus
  • Electronic waste or E-waste (i.e. cell phones, laptops, batteries, etc.) can be recycled in the following locations: residence halls, Mossman Building, and EUC (near the ATMs)
  • For bulk and/or other hard-to-recycle items, contact the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) because – few or many and large or small – they can handle it all
  • Contact Ben Kunka, Recycling Operations Manager, by phone at 336-334-5192 or via email at recycle@uncg.edu if you have more questions about recycling at UNCG

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