This list contains information on all of the zero waste opportunities available at the University of Oregon including public site collection,
special materials collections for departments and additional opportunities in reuse and composting.
If you have any questions on this, please contact the Zero Waste Operations Manager at 541-346-0961.
Other contacts: Office Clean-outs: 541-346-5275
Other materials recycling: 541-346-5275
Zero Waste Campus and Catered Events Services: 541-346-2354
Residence Hall and Family Housing: 541-346-0929
Reusable Office Supplies: 541-346-0961
There are a few different zero waste collection categories available for the public, as follows:
**CARDBOARD recycling: It is the responsibility of building users to flatten and place cardboard in loading dock recycling dumpster/cage or container. There is no service to haul cardboard to these locations as cardboard piling up in buildings is a fire safety issue. If this is left by a zero waste station or garbage container, it will not be serviced. If a building needs an additional cardboard loading dock collection, or the cardboard recycling bin needs a pick-up or is not accessible, contact 541-346-0961 for assistance.
*Please follow instructions on the signs on zero waste containers. If it is not on the sign, then it goes into another category or is a garbage item.
* For non-daily/special request service of large quantities of paper, other materials, or office clean-outs, contact Campus Zero Waste Program at 541-346-5275.
General campus public in-building collection is for the following categories:
White Paper includes:
White Office Paper - No envelopes or labels
Mixed Paper (non-white) includes:
Non-White Office Paper
Paperboard (like cereal boxes)
(includes: spiral bound notebooks, campus directories and phone books)
Recycle all corrugated (with 2 layers and a ripple layer in the middle) cardboard by building dumpsters.
Glass, Metal, Plastic includes:
Bottles & Cans
Aluminum & Steel (cans)
Jars & Tubs
As the University of Oregon moves towards more comprehensive waste management, the Zero Waste Program has been working to implement zero waste systems in existing buildings.
Additionally, zero waste stations are the new standard for all campus construction projects and eventually will be available campus-wide.
You might see full zero waste stations around campus and these are either built-ins or units. They are labelled as shown below see “sorting guide”.
Here’s a video on How to Use the UO Zero Waste System, go to: http://youtu.be/zmIF5IFnSKw
For a full overview of a zero waste campus go to: http://zerowaste.uoregon.edu/PDFdocuments/ZeroWasteToolkit_printversion.pdf
Composting at the University of Oregon is located in all campus dining halls, most campus eateries and in buildings that have implemented zero waste stations. Other area with composting collection is in departments that are participating in the campus voluntary composting program where the user/department, collects and services compost/compostables to a loading dock location (see voluntary composting program below).
See above “Sorting Guidelines” for what’s acceptable in compost category.
As per the sorting guidelines above, the following is accepted in the compostables collection. If it’s not on the sign, it goes into another category (read bin signage) or is garbage:
*labelled compostable cups (a cup must say “COMPOSTABLE” in order to be collected - unlabeled cups are garbage. If it doesn’t say compostable, it is garbage)
*paper plates, napkins and paper towels from kitchen locations
*ALL food, including meat, dairy and cheese
*coffee grounds, paper coffee filters and tea bags
*unfortunately bathroom paper towels are no longer acceptable in compost
**The biggest contaminant in compostables collection is drink cartons (like milk, juice boxes and other gable topped containers).
These go into the Glass/Metal/Plastic category or the Cartons/Glass/Metal/Plastic category.
**Paper towels are no longer compostable but napkins continue to be accepted.
In order to get compostables collection available throughout campus, the Zero Waste Program offers a voluntary compost program. If an individual or department would like to participate in this, contact 541-346-2354 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up for participation.
With this program, individuals/departments will receive a 2 gallon deskside container labelled for compostables. It is the responsibility of individuals/departments to centralize and service these bins to a loading dock compostables collection container. These are available at most buildings and if one is needed when requesting a deskside compostables container, the Program will provide one.
If you have campus owned property (broken or working, such as electronics, furniture and other campus assets), go to the Business Affairs website. Under forms, fill out a PDR (property disposition request) and you will be contacted for a pick-up and proper routing of these items.
Here is the link to the PDR:http://ba.uoregon.edu/sites/ba/files/forms/pdr.pdf
LOST AND FOUND
Until further notice, the Campus Zero Waste Program will be TEMPORARILY be accepting unclaimed, non-valuable lost and found. Property Control will no longer be accepting and processing these items. Valuable items still need to be sent to the Department of Parking and Transportation. This includes property with an estimated value of over $100, or that may contain personal or sensitive data (e.g., cell phones, iPads, flash drives, wallets, and keys).
To request a pick-up of non-valuable lost and found items, contact: email@example.com.
· Quantity of items (e.g., 3 small boxes)
· Location of items to be picked up
· Department contact name, email, and phone number
The Campus Zero Waste Program will contact your department to schedule a pick-up time. Please keep the items secured until they are picked up.
Once it leaves a department, the Zero Waste Program will not be able to locate items for individuals. Please keep lost and found for 2 weeks in case someone comes looking for it. Please do not refer students to the Zero Waste Program as the items get donated upon pick-up.
If an office or individual is doing a clean-out or has a need to recycle a large quantity of materials, please plan ahead.
Contact 541-346-5275 to schedule delivery of clean-out barrels and for pick-ups of special materials.
REFILLABLE CONTAINERS LEFT IN DEPARTMENTS
Please place refillable containers left in your department (i.e. water bottles, refillable mugs, ceramic cups etc...), next to a recycling/zero waste station. Please label for recycling and it will be picked up when the site is serviced. These items are getting sanitized and re-distributed to campus.
REUSABLE OFFICE SUPPLY (ROSE)
The Campus Zero Waste Program operates the Reusable Office Supply Exchange (R.O.S.E.) located in 182 PLC. This is a self-service program and it is up to departments to deliver and/or retrieve items. The Zero Waste Program does not offer any pick-up and delivery service for this area.
The key can be accessed through the English Department located on the first floor of PLC. Bring reusable items you no longer need and set them in the designated area. The Zero Waste Program keeps the area organized and records savings from avoided costs of purchasing new items.
Campus Operations operates the Surplus Furniture Exchange located in the Romania building. When moving or changing furniture in a department, please send reusable furniture to the Surplus Furniture exchange. Campus members and departments can visit the showroom, located at the Romania Building (entrance on Orchard Street) between Noon-12:30PM daily. For more information call Campus Operations customer service at: 541-346-2319
For these materials, bag or box small amounts (1 or 2 bags/boxes) of the following items listed below.
If it is not listed here, you can contact us to check but, generally if it’s not on this list, we don’t have a market for it.
Write "Please Recycle" on the items to be recycled. Leave at any recycling or zero waste site. Call 541-346-5275 to alert us to this pick-up and note where you have placed it.
For larger amounts of these items, contact the Campus Zero Waste Program at 541-346-5275.
CD's (CD cases are garbage)
Copy Machine Toner Cartridges
Ink and Inkjet Cartridges
**Styrofoam Block (white) ONLY-no other foam packaging accepted
**The following buildings have toters for Styrofoam on building loading docks/garbage areas:
Streisinger, Klamath, McKenzie, Alumni Center, Music, Health Center, HEDOC
For home Styrofoam collection, or for more information, contact St. Vincent de Paul at: 541-687-5820.
**Due to lack of markets, the Program no longer accepts any hard plastic items other than: clean Petri dishes (please bag) and buckets & lids.
To clarify, plastic bottles, tubs, jars and jugs only are still accepted in the Glass/Metal/Plastics or Cartons/Glass/Metal/Plastics category.
**For years many labs on campus had collection barrels for recycling hard plastics. 2 years ago, the market was shut-down for mixed plastics.
Plastics listed on the Glass/Metal/Plastics barrel are still recyclable.
The only lab type item that is still recyclable is clean petri dishes. If you have those to recycle:
*Bag them up, label for RECYCLING
*Contact 541-346-5275, and let us know they are to be picked up and at what site
POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE
Contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 541-346-3192 regarding:
Hazardous Materials and Waste
Paints and Solvents
Anything that is potentially hazardous
CONSTRUCTION TYPE MATERIALS
Contact Campus Operations customer service at 541-346-2319 regarding:
Bricks and Cinder Blocks
Fluorescent Lights and Tubes
Metal – large pieces
OTHER INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS
Contact Campus Operations customer service at 541-346-2319 regarding:
Landscape Waste-Leaves, Xmas Trees, other campus yard waste
Lamps and Florescent Tubes
For these items, go to the Business Affairs website. Click on forms and fill out the PDR (property disposition request). The Business Affairs office will contact you to pick-up broken and working equipment. If you have further questions, contact the University Property Control Coordinator at 541-346- 3190.
Computer and office equipment
Electronics (including lights, office appliances, etc…anything with a plug)
ZERO WASTE CATERED AND OTHER EVENTS
The Zero Waste Program offers a variety of opportunities for zero waste events. Contact 541-346-2354 to set-up this service. Please plan ahead.
Aluminum Can Pop-Tabs
At select beverage container zero waste sites, pull tabs from discarded pop cans are collected, and donated to local nonprofit organizations for art projects.
Flatten and place in the cardboard recycling bins located outside at all campus buildings.
See the current confidential recycling guidelines at: http://library.uoregon.edu/records/conf_recyc.html
Shredding documents is highly discouraged as the University has a service provider for confidential materials.
Glass which is broken or not reusable, including sheets of glass, windows, Pyrex and other non-bottle glass is not currently recyclable.
For disposal options, contact Campus Operations customer service at 541-346-2319.
Departments can email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will provide their department name and university address to enroll. The website adds the address to a no mail list that will stop any unsolicited junk mail. This is a free service, but it will not stop catalogs, magazine, etc. There are other “stop junk mail” services that require a cost and subscription. For catalogs and magazines, contact the sender directly to get off these lists.
If there is anything else you have that you would like to see recycled or composted, please contact us as we have several opportunities for marketing many items that aren’t included in this list. Contact 541-346-0961 or 541-346-1545 for more information.
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