SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): An upgraded recycling rollout is underway on the West Lafayette campus to help increase recycling and reduce waste sent to the landfill. Two types of receptacles located throughout several buildings have new signs attached that include illustrated examples of recyclable and nonrecyclable items and QR codes linked to additional resources. The rollout is an initiative by Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability (CPAS) to support the 2020 Physical Facilities Sustainability Master Plan. The plan calls for an annual campus waste recycling rate of 50% by FY25.
“The new signs are designed to make it easier for students, faculty, staff and visitors to know what to put in each receptacle,” says Tony Gillund, director of sustainability. “Small actions combined together can create a significant impact, and that is what we are hoping to accomplish with this project.” CPAS has been working with the Tippecanoe Recycling and Solid Waste Management District and local recyclers to ensure alignment on what items are currently recyclable. A list of recyclable items and items that should be disposed of in landfill bins is available on the Recycling webpage. The website also includes additional resources related to University and personal or household waste, and it will continue to be updated in the coming months with helpful information for the campus community.
CPAS has also worked with the Building Services, Grounds and University Surplus departments, as all groups are involved in the handling of generated recyclables and waste. “Our custodians are our eyes and ears in campus buildings,” says Russ Wetli, director of building services. “Their work is vital to maintaining a healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Part of that work is the proper disposal of trash and recycling from the building.”