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/uploadedImages/Units/F/Facilities_Operations/Services/Utilities/recycle_logo.jpgAs stewards of the environment, we are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and for future generations.

IUP’s Current Process

IUP staff collects recyclables throughout each building approximately three to four times per week and takes them to designated collection containers outside. The Grounds Department then empties the containers three times per week and delivers the recycling to the Indiana County Recycling Center at no charge. We receive weight slips as receipts for documenting our efforts.

Additionally, IUP has been investigating the Single Stream methodology since it was first proposed by Waste Management to Indiana County and the University on February 5, 2013.

What to Recycle

Aluminum and Metal Containers

  • All aluminum and metal beverage and food containers may be collected together
  • Aerosol containers
  • Bi-metal

Corrugated Cardboard (OCC)

  • Any corrugated box which is not wax coated may be collected

Glass Products

  • All colored glass bottles or jars from food or beverage products can be collected together. If in doubt whether a container is clear or colored, consider it colored.
  • Clear glass containers need to be separated from colored glass.

Magazines

  • Magazines will be collected separately from office paper and newspaper.
  • Catalogs printed on glossy paper.

Newspapers

  • All newspapers, including inserts, will be collected.
  • Telephone books and IUP directories can be recycled with newspapers by placing in a designated bin or near office paper collection container. Covers do not need to be removed.

Office Paper

  • Copy and typing paper: white or colored, including letterhead
  • Computer paper: white or green bar
  • Envelopes: plain, with cellophane windows or mailing labels
  • Wrappers from reams of paper
  • Adding machine tapes
  • Pamphlets, brochures, and advertisements made from copy type paper
  • NCR invoices
  • Scratch and message pads, Post-It notes, and yellow tablet paper
  • Accounting ledgers
  • Tabulating and time cards
  • Posters
  • Manilla and colored file folders
  • Glossy Office Paper

Plastics #1 and #2

  • Any #1 or #2 plastic container with a tapered neck
  • Please remove lids

IUP Also Recycles:

  • Used tires
  • Used oil
  • Used antifreeze
  • Batteries - automobile & alkaline
  • Surplus sales (such as furniture, electronics, miscellaneous)
  • Toner cartridges
  • Salvage vehicles

How to Recycle

  • All office paper products can be collected and recycled together. Custodial Services staff will provide a hanging recycling box for each office wastebasket for paper collection.
  • Remove paper clips and rubber bands from paper. Removal of staples is preferred but not required
  • Any suitable container may be designated as a collection box, but it must be clearly marked recycling, including what is to be recycled in that container.
  • A recycling collection box should be placed near each department’s copier or printer.
  • Corrugated cardboard can be given to the housekeeping staff.
  • Glass and plastic containers need to have labels removed and should be rinsed routinely. Housekeeping staff will gather recyclable items from office collection containers and move them to a central collection site.
  • Collection sites for plastics, newspapers, and magazines will be identified for each building.
Where to Recycle
Material Residence Halls Dining Halls Academic and Admin
Aluminum / Metal * * *
Cardboard * * *
Glass * * *
Magazines *    
Newspapers * * *
Office Paper *   *
Plastics 1 and 2 * * *

A collection of plastic items in the academic and service buildings will only be in buildings where plastic containers are used in vending machines.

Recycling Audits

Recycling audits were performed in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

The first round of new recycling bins were placed on campus in early 2011 with efforts to promote recycling.

There is a substantial opportunity to recycle more.

IUP Recycling Audit: 4/23/10
Building Total Waste
Total Recyclable
% Recyclable
Office Paper
Newspaper
Magazine Corrugated Cardboard
Recyclable Plastic
Glass Aluminum Metal
Stouffer  36.0  13.9  38.6 %
 9.2  0.0  1.2  1.4  1.0  1.0  0.1
Sutton  33.6  14.6  43.5 %
 4.8  2.8  6.4  0.1  0.4  0.0  0.1
Elkin  56.6  16.4  29.0 %
 4.8  0.9  3.8  0.8  6.0  0.0  0.1
Maple West
 71.4  15.8  22.1 %
 1.8  5.4  0.4  2.0  4.2  1.4  0.6
Totals  197.6  60.7  30.7 %
 20.6  9.1  11.8  4.3  11.6  2.4  0.9

30.7 percent of material in trash containers could have been recycled.

IUP Recycling Audit: 4/13/12
Building Total Waste
Total Recyclable
% Recyclable
Office Paper
Newspaper
Magazine
Corrugated Cardboard
Recyclable  Plastic
Glass
Aluminum Metal
Davis 15.4
4.0
26.0 %
2.8
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.6
0.0
0.4
Putt Suites
21.2
6.4
30.2 %
3.2
0.2
1.2
0.0
0.6
0.6
0.6
Sutton 28.2
16.2
57.4 %
10.6
2.0
1.6
0.8
0.4
0.6
0.2
Whitmyre 13.6
2.2
16.5 %
1.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.8
0.0
0.0
Totals 78.4
28.8
36.7 %
 18.0 2.2
3.0
0.8
2.4
1.2
1.2

36.7 percent of material in trash containers could have been recycled.

IUP Recycling Audit: 4/17/13
Building Total Waste
Total Recyclable
% Recyclable
Office Paper
Newspaper
Magazine
Corrugated Cardboard
Recyclable Plastic
Glass
Aluminum Metal
Clark 10.5
2.4
22.9 %
0.4
0.0
1.0
0.8
0.2
0.0
0.0
Eberly 31.4
20.0
63.7 %
13.0
1.8
0.8
1.0
2.4
0.6
0.4
Putt Suites
25.0
6.2
24.8 %
0.4
1.2
0.0
0.6
1.6
1.4
 1.0
Sutton 29.4
21.0
71.4 %
2.2
14.2
2.6
0.6
1.4
0.0
0.0
Totals  96.3 49.6
51.5 %
16.0
17.2
4.4
3.0
5.6
2.0
1.4

51.5 percent of material in trash containers could have been recycled.

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