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.
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
Marketing and Educational Outreach: 541-346-1577
Program Manager: 541-346-1545
For off campus locations, please work with your building and the CPFM off-campus lease Manager, to ensure daily recycling collection services and collection equipment are provided in your building. The Zero Waste Program can provide non-routine additional services to off campus locations, requests must go through CPFM Customer Service (X62319) for tracking purposes.
Zero Waste Program services include:
a. 3 tiered boxes for deskside recycling collection
b. Oddball collection of materials that are not recyclable through local hauler as noted in the Materials Handling list
c. Voluntary composting – departments or individuals request bins, and material must be centralized to outside location
d. Composting collection at designated central location, will be serviced weekly
General Public Collection Categories
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.
General campus public in-building collection (galvanized garbage can sites), is for the following categories:
White Office Paper - No envelopes or labels
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 as noted above.
Glass, Metal, Plastic -includes:
Bottles & Cans
Aluminum & Steel (cans)
Jars & Tubs
NO FOOD OR LIQUID!!
*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.
FOR COMPOST INFORMATION, KEEP GOING…..See PUBLIC ZERO WASTE STATIONS
Cups are the biggest contaminant in all of the collection categories. This includes ALL disposable cups both hot and cold including lids and straws. The ONLY cups that are recoverable are compostable cups and they must say “compostable” on the cup. These compostable cups, must be taken apart with the lids and straws going into the landfill/garbage category, otherwise they are a contaminant. Please help us by placing cups in the landfill/garbage. Support Zero Waste: GO REFILLABLE! **Many places offer discounts for bringing your own mug.
PUBLIC ZERO WASTE STATIONS including compost information:
**Zero Waste Stations are comprised of new equipment and composting in kitchens and selected building locations. Zero Waste buildings also have zero waste deskside collection in which the occupant is responsible for managing all discards and custodial will not service deskside garbage.
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”.
Not every location is prime for adding compost so some zero waste units do not have a compost collection. All campus cafes have public compost collection.
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 Zero Waste Campus Toolkit: http://zerowaste.uoregon.edu/PDFdocuments/ZeroWasteToolkit_printversion.pdf
COMPOSTING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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 areas with composting collection is in departments that are participating in the Voluntary Composting Program where the user/department, collects and centralizes compost/compostables to a loading dock location (see Voluntary Composting Program below).
See below “UO Zero Waste 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). This is cups only, please dispose of liquids, plastic lids and straws, as this renders the cup a contaminant.
*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 NOT acceptable in compost
**The biggest contaminant in Compostables collection is cups and drink cartons. Drink cartons include: milk, juice boxes and other gable topped containers. These items 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.
VOLUNTARY COMPOSTING PROGRAM
In order to collect compostables in areas where there is no central collection, 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 email@example.com 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.
UO ZERO WASTE SORTING GUIDELINES
OTHER NON-ROUTINE SERVICES
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 PDF: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
· 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 in a bag or box. 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. *The office is closed from 12-1PM daily.
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.
HOW TO RECYCLE OTHER MATERIALS
For materials listed below, bag or box small amounts (1 or 2 bags/boxes).
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.
ODDBALL (OTHER) MATERIALS COLLECTION
CD’s and DVD’s (no cases)
Copy Machine Toner Cartridges
Ink and Inkjet Cartridges
**Styrofoam Block (white) ONLY-no other foam packaging accepted
ITEMS NO LONGER RECYCLABLE
Floppy disks, Video Cassettes and cases
BLOCK STYROFOAM COLLECTION
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.
OTHER PLASTICS NOT ACCEPTED IN PUBLIC LOCATIONS
Due to lack of markets, the Program no longer accepts any hard plastic items other than: clean Petri dishes (please bag), 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. The only lab type item that is still recyclable is clean petri dishes.
If you have petri dishes 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:
Batteries-rechargeable **alkaline batteries no longer have mercury in them and go into the garbage
Hazardous Materials and Waste
Paints and Solvents
Anything that is potentially hazardous
CONSTRUCTION TYPE MATERIALS
Contact CPFM customer service at 541-346-2319 regarding:
Bricks and Cinder Blocks
Fluorescent Lights and Tubes
Metal – large pieces
OTHER INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS
Contact CPFM 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.
Included but not limited to:
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. There are self-service options as well as a “for charge” option. 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:
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 email@example.com and provide 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.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU MIGHT WANT TO RECYCLE OR COMPOST?
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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