UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Campus Waste Reduction and Recycling Directive
The University of Florida's award-winning recycling program was inaugurated in 1989 under the auspices of
the Physical Plant's Solid Waste Management Office. Over the past 15 years, the program has recovered and
recycled over 200 million pounds of paper, cans, glass, plastic, scrap metal, concrete, and other materials
generated through university operations.
The recycling program significantly reduces the university's environmental footprint. It has also benefited
our local economy and has helped expand recycling opportunities for local residents and businesses. The
program has received numerous awards and recognition at the local, state and national levels and continues
to grow as new markets develop for recovered materials.
The purpose of this directive is to support campus sustainability at the University of Florida and to provide
guidelines, information, and resources to reduce the amount of refuse transported to the landfill. The
university's goal is to maximize waste reduction incrementally and ultimately to decrease the amount of
waste going to the landfill to near zero by 2015.
Responsibilities of Departments
A. Develop and maintain information about waste reduction and recycling opportunities at the
University of Florida. Departments can use the list of recyclable materials in this document as a
B. Inform employees of their responsibilities under this policy and provide them with information
about waste reduction and recycling opportunities. Check the Grounds webpage for maps
indicating recycling collection locations and updates on service opportunities.
C. Inform employees of their responsibilities under the university's Sustainable Purchasing Directive
for information about reducing waste through responsible purchasing.
D. Submit new ideas, problems, or concerns to the Solid Waste Coordinator: 352-392-1148 x301.
Waste Reduction and Recycling Strategies
1. Reduce waste at the point of purchase.
Faculty, staff, and students can help achieve the university's waste reduction goals by practicing the three
R's: reducing, reusing, and recycling. Priority should be given to reducing waste upstream by choosing
products made from recycled material and/or items that can be remanufactured, recycled, or composted.
Many products made from recycled materials are available and are being included in the University of
Florida contracts. Current contracts include:
Letterhead stationery, envelopes, and business cards made from recycled paper
Recycled toner cartridges
Contract information is available from the Purchasing website under contracts and UF Pricing.
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2. Specify product and packaging take-back.
Increasingly, product vendors are offering to take back the products they sell when they become
obsolete. By utilizing vendors who offer an Extended Product Responsibility (EPR) program,
especially take-back, recycle, and disposal programs, departments are ensured equipment and
products are disposed of properly whether recycled, donated, refurbished or disposed of without
the added cost.
Other vendors will take back used items-such as carpeting and toner cartridges-when
purchasers buy new products. For example, several carpet manufacturers have invested in
sophisticated recycling facilities that turn old carpet into new carpet. Other goods, like toner
cartridges, can be returned for proper disposal or sent to be recharged.
Departments should require vendors to assume responsibility for some of their shipping
materials, such as wooden pallets and excess packaging materials. When ordering large furniture
or computer shipments, request that products ship blanket-wrapped or with reduced packing
3. Make usable supplies available for re-use.
When culling unwanted office supplies, donate re-usable items to local non-profit organizations such
as Alachua County's Tools for Schools.
Departments should utilize Asset Management Services for disposing of unwanted, out-dated
property. Asset Management will effectively redistribute, recycle, or dispose of surplus property by
bidding it out over the Intemet through surplus on-line bids, police auctions, property warehouse, or
federal warehouse. For more information see Asset Management's Services website.
4. Reduce paper use.
Set all printers and copiers to the default duplex (double-sided) mode.
Send and store information electronically, rather than printing copies.
5. Recycle clean office paper, corrugated cardboard, and newspaper.
UF currently has over 1200 paper recycling drop-off bins inside major academic, administrative and
research buildings; there are an additional 60 bins in the Health Center and Shands complex.
Outdoor collection bins have been placed on the North Lawn, adjacent to the Hub, and near the
information kiosk on Turlington Plaza. For larger loads, reference the map of UF's exterior paper
The following paper products are recyclable:
White and colored bond paper
Notebook and copier/computer paper
Manila folders and tab cards
Index cards and note cards
Envelopes and junk mails
Magazines and soft cover books
Clean, corrugated cardboard boxes
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6. Recycle clean cans and bottles.
Clean cans and bottles can be deposited in any of the marked outdoor bins located around campus.
Beginning in summer 2007, cans and bottles will be collected in select administrative buildings. The
indoor collection program will be expanded incrementally as resources permit.
Plastic bottles with a #1 or #2 in the "chasing arrows" triangle imprinted on the bottom
Pliable plastic bottles, tubs, and jugs with other numbers imprinted on the bottom may also be
recycled, though markets for these materials are not well developed. When in doubt, throw it
7. Take care not to contaminate the recycling stream with non-recyclable materials.
The following products should NOT be disposed of in paper or can/bottle recycling bins:
Pasteboard (cracker, cereal, toothpaste, etc. boxes)
Paper cups and plates
Paper towels and tissues
Presentation folders and binders
Waxed or plastic-coated papers
Paper contaminated with food, oil, grease or solvents
Hardcover books (unless covers are removed)
Hanging file folders
Plastic "Solo" cups
8. Properly dispose of electronic equipment.
Most electronic equipment contains levels of lead and other hazardous materials that are harmful to
the environment and people when disposed of improperly. University personnel must follow Asset
Management's directive regarding the reduction and elimination of electronic waste (e-waste).
Current Guidelines in Place
The University of Florida has a number of guidelines and directives in place to help facilitate the reduction,
re-use and recycling of materials on campus. Below are the programs and policies currently in place. For
more information, please visit the Grounds Refuse and Recycling webpage.
The University of Florida "repurposes" all yard waste (leaves, clippings, prunings, dead trees and
street sweepings) as mulch. Yard waste is currently repurposed by Wood Resource Recovery.
University of Florida contracts require the recycling of at least 85% of all deconstruction materials,
including concrete, wiring, and scrap metal.
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The University of Florida collects scrap metal for recycling at its centralized recycling facility. For
information on scrap metal materials, please check the refuse website.
The University of Florida Asset Management Services is responsible for accountability and control
of state-owned and government-owned equipment worth more than $1000, and books worth more
than $250, which are entrusted to the care of university employees. For more information on
policies and services, visit the Asset Management website.
The University of Florida discourages the unnecessary purchase of new electronic equipment, and
encourages the re-use of available equipment suitable for other purposes, by offering a list of surplus
electronic items that are available at the Surplus Warehouse. For more information regarding
electronic equipment, please review the Electronic Equipment directive.
The University of Florida Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) department provides campus
laboratories and support services with EPA and NRC-approved methods for disposing of hazardous
and chemical waste. University personnel should contact the HMM program to determine if their
waste is hazardous. For specific university policies on hazardous waste, please visit the EH&S
The university's Building Services division will provide biomedical waste pick up for clinics and
research laboratories. Service staff will deliver biomedical boxes (30 gallon) to labs and pick up
boxes that are placed outside of labs on pick up day. For procedures, visit
http://www.ppd.ufl.edu/bshscbiowaste.htm. There is also a guide to bio-medical waste available on
the UF Recycling website.
Alachua County's Tools for Schools program website:
http: / /www.toolsforschools.alachua.fl.us /
Asset Management Services website:
Asset Management Electronic Equipment Directive:
Physical Plant Division Grounds-Refuse/Recycling website:
Solid Waste Coordinator, Dale Morris:
352-392-1148 x301 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Purchasing Directive:
http:/ /www.purchasing.ufl.edu /
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