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.
The most important step in addressing waste is to reduce where ever possible.
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.
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.
Collection Day is your one-stop drop-off event for unwanted items! This event makes it quick and convenient to drop off unwanted household items, clothing, hazardous waste, old or broken electronics, furniture, appliances, school supplies, and non-perishable food items.
The #GatorsBEATWaste Station, a partnership between PepsiCo, Business Services, Gator Dining and the Office of Sustainability, was unveiled in the summer of 2019 in the Reitz Union Food Court across from Starbucks and Pollo Tropical. The station is outfitted with easy-to-follow instructions and graphics to help guests navigate the disposal process in a few simple steps.
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).
In 2013, the UF Athletic Association began collecting 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.