Why is recycling important for each and every one of us to practice?
Overpopulation. The world population is growing at a rapid rate. Each human adds extra waste to the planet, will use excessive amounts of energy in their lifetime, and contributes considerably to greenhouse gas emissions. Why not reduce some of this by recycling all that you can?
Did you know? In New York City alone, enough trash is produced each day to fill the entire Empire State Building, a 102-story skyscraper.
Environmental Degradation. When we throw away plastics and other materials, high levels of greenhouse gases are released which contribute significantly to climate change. Because of our high demand for paper products, entire forests are destroyed and habitats and ecosystems are upset and disturbed. Through recycling, much less energy is required because there is less need for additional raw materials, less energy is used, and natural resources are preserved.
Did you know?
According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, over 18 million acres of forest are lost each year, a land mass roughly the size of Panama.
How Can I Find Out More?
To find out more about the benefits of recycling, click here.
The following items can be recycled at any recycling receptacle on campus:
The following items can NOT be recycling on campus and must be landfilled:
Why is recycling batteries important?
Batteries contain hazardous materials such as lead and mercury and when they corrode can leak these materials into the environment. It is especially damaging to the environment to bury batteries, therefore it is recommended to use a reputable recycler to dispose of all used batteries.
Where can I recycle batteries on campus?
There are four convenient locations on campus where you can recycle your used batteries:
What do I do if the battery recycling boxes are full?
If you see that the boxes are nearing capacity and have batteries that you would like to recycle, please submit a service request to have the boxes emptired by our staff.
Goal: Demonstrate responsible stewardship of natural resources
Strategy: Reduce waste sent to landfills
At NKU, we believe that each member of our campus community has a role to play in our efforts to build and operate an environmentally sustainable university.
Recycling is one simple action each member of our campus community can take to help the University achieve its goal of responsible stewardship of natural resources. If you walk around campus, you might notice that trash and recycling bins come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes - this makes recycling confusing!
Read below about our new recycling pilot program in the Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center (MEP). This program has been implemented in an effort to simplify the recycling process and increase waste diversion rates over time.
In an effort to simplify the recycling process and increase waste diversion rates, NKU Sustainability will be piloting a new recycling model in the Mathematics – Education – Psychology Center (MEP). The pilot program will feature new waste stations that will be strategically placed throughout the building. MEP faculty and staff members will receive a new desk-side trash and recycling bin that can be emptied at each waste station when full. The custodial teams will no longer empty desk-side trash bins.
Recycling in MEP will now be single-stream, meaning sorting recyclables such as aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic will no longer be necessary – all recyclables now go into the same bin! Waste stations will be accompanied by informational signage making it easy to know what items go in which bins. And waste stations will be color-coordinated will desk-side bins, making it even easier to know what goes where.
What Can I Recycle?
Although NKU is able to recycle most plastic, aluminum, glass, and paper products, there are some differences between what is recyclable, or what is able to be recycled, and what we can recycle here on campus. Take a look at the chart below for a better idea of what can and cannot be recycled at NKU.
To download a copy of this infographic, click here.
My office is in MEP, what now?
At the end of June, each desk in MEP will be assigned a blue, 7 gallon recycling bin with an attachable trash bin. At least 2 waste stations will be installed on your floor (with the exception of the 1st floor). Whenever your trash or recycling is full, you can empty your bins at the waste station nearest you where they will be emptied by a member of our custodial team. Desk-side trash bins will no longer be emptied by a custodian.
Where is the plastic liner?
In an effort to reduce waste and save resources, desk-side bins will no longer be lined with a plastic bag. If your desk-side bin needs to be cleaned, you can submit a service request.
What is single-stream recycling?
Single-stream recycling (aka comingled, mixed, or zero-sort recycling) is a recycling method that does not require sorting recyclables such as paper, glass, plastic, or aluminum into separate bins.
MEP was chosen for this pilot program because the building houses offices, classrooms, and common areas, making it a great representation of most other buildings on campus.
What if I want to recycle ink, old electronics, or a large amount of recycling (such as books)?
Submit a service request to have your recycling picked up.
Each floor of the MEP building is now equipped with new recycling stations in locations that are convenient for all students, staff, and faculty.
1st floor: The recycling station is located on the east wing of the building, between rooms 142 and 152.
2nd floor: There is one recycling station located on the east wing of the building, in the sitting area between rooms 271 and 273; there is another recycling station on the west wing of the building, between rooms 231 and 235.
3rd floor: There is one recycling station located on the east wing of the building, between rooms 346 and 348; there is another recycling station on the west wing of the building, between rooms 323 and 325.
4th floor: There is one recycling station located on the east wing of the building, between rooms 484 and 486; there is another recycling station on the west wing of the building in the elevator lobby.