Waste

The UF Office of Sustainability and Facilities Services work together to assess the UF waste stream and implement comprehensive waste reduction and recycling programs. Innovative programs have been started across campus operations to reduce, divert and recycle waste.

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Waste Reduction at UF

The most important step in addressing waste is to reduce where ever possible.

Resources to Reduce & Divert Waste

  • UF Surplus Property: Makes unwanted, but still usable materials such as electronics and office furniture available through the Surplus Warehouse.
  • PrintSmart Initiative:  Helps departments save money on scanning, faxing, printing and copying, and includes a department assessment to determine what type of multi-functional device (MFD) best meets a unit’s needs.
  • Reusable Coffee Mugs Save You Money: When you bring your own reusable coffee mug to campus Starbucks location, or your Gator Dining cup for soft drinks, you receive a discount. They also offer a reusable to-go container for food at the dining halls.
  • Housing Move-Out Recycling Program: Provides recycling in the residence halls on campus during spring move-out. Housing also hosts a move-out program that works with local area charities to collect and distribute re-usable furniture and supplies.
  • Collection Day: Hosted by the Office of Sustainability, Collection Day provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to drop off unwanted items to be recycled, donated or disposed of responsibly.


Recycling and waste bins on UF campus

Recycling

The university’s recycling program is managed by Facilities Services, who facilitate the collection of paper, corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, wooden pallets, concrete, masonry, yard waste and other materials as well as the expansion of recycling receptacles on campus. From paper and aluminum to ink cartridges, electronic waste and furniture, UF has developed a comprehensive guide to help you discover what can – and can’t – be recycled on campus. Visit recycling.ufl.edu for the most up-to-date information on the various accepted materials and collection points for recycling.


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Composting

Compost is organic matter – such as food scraps and compostable materials –  that has decomposed over time and with the help of heat and microorganisms, and can be recycled as a nutrient-rich fertilizer and soil amendment. By composting food waste and organic materials, UF is reducing the amount of trash being hauled to the landfill while helping to create new, beneficial soil amendments for use in residential or commercial settings.

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Technology/Electronics Recycling

Electronics (e-waste) contain many harmful chemicals and components that can damage the environment and lead to harm to humans and animals if disposed of improperly. To prevent this, UF policy requires that all electronics purchased for campus use are safely disposed of through UF Surplus/Asset Management (read more about this process here).

Drop-off Locations for Personal E-waste

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Stadium Recycling & Composting

In 2013, the UF Athletic Association began collection compostable materials inside the stadium during home football games in an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. More than 160,000 pounds of waste has been diverted from the landfill through the composting initiative. Learn more about composting on campus here.

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  • In addition to our efforts inside the stadium, the Office of Sustainability also run the TailGator Gameday Recycling Program which takes place throughout campus prior to home football games. This effort is volunteer-based (so be sure to join us!) and helps educate tailgating fans around campus about what can and can’t be recycled. You can read more about the program (and how to volunteer) by visiting the webpage here.
  • You can help reduce waste on campus during game days by recycling bottles and cans, and avoiding landfill-bound cups (like Solo cups, which are NOT recyclable!). Once inside the stadium, look for signs that provide information about which items can be recycled or composted. Help us reach our goal of becoming the first Zero Waste stadium in the SEC!


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