Established in 1976, CU Recycling has become one of the leading campus recycling programs in the country. Starting on the backs of students, CU Recycling has grown to become integral to the campus operations. From residence halls, adminstrative buildings and lecture halls to zero waste events on campus, recycling and composting bins can be seen all over campus. CU’s efforts in recycling have gained attention from the National Recycling Coalition, who recognized us with its first "Outstanding School Program" award in 1995.
1) To divert resources from the campus waste stream in a cost effective manner
2) Promote the benefits of recycling and resources conservation
3) Provide opportunitites for meaningful student involvement
A Student Administrative Partnership in Recycling!
CU Recycling operates as a partnership between students (University of Colorado Student Government) and the administration (Facilities Management). The CUSG Environmental Center conducts procedural training and promotions, processes collected recyclables, and oversees contracts for marketing of recyclables. Facilities Management collects from and provides recycling containers in campus buildings. The Department of Housing provides for infrastructure and assists with outreach in the residence halls. Students learn the recycling business through volunteer work, work-study employment, or while earning academic credit.