UO Zero Waste Program Materials Handling GUIDE

*The UO Zero Waste Program is in the process of consolidating and upgrading the existing collection system.  Campus is being re-vamped and the changes include:
*recycling sites are being upgraded with new signage and will be now referred to as zero waste sites
*consolidation of white and mixed paper into a single “paper” category-thus white paper bins will be eliminated
*addition of “no cups” signage on bins, to help reduce contamination

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
OTHER-CPFM Customer Service: 541-346-2319

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
e.     Office clean-outs

General Zero Waste 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) are being upgraded and will now be considered “zero waste sites”.  
Signage will vary on sites, until the campus has been completely changed to new signage):
(old signage)

(new signage)

Paper includes:
White Office Paper - No envelopes or labels
Non-White Office Paper
Paperboard (like cereal boxes)
Bulk Mail
All Envelopes
(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.

**RECEIPTS ARE LANDFILL:  receipts are generally a thermal coated paper that is a contaminant in all paper recycling.  Please dispose of these properly in the landfill category (or garbage)

Cartons, Glass, Metal, Plastic -includes:
Bottles & Cans
Aluminum & Steel (cans)
Drink Cartons
Jars & Tubs
Plastic Bags


*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 UO Zero Waste Program at 541-346-5275.

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.

UPGRADED ZERO WASTE STATIONS including compost information:
**Upgraded Zero Waste Stations are comprised of new equipment and composting in kitchens and at selected building locations.  Full 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 UO 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 stations 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 is located in all campus dining halls, most campus eateries and in buildings that have implemented zero waste stations (in selected locations).
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.


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 compost@uoregon.edu 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 PDF: http://ba.uoregon.edu/sites/ba/files/forms/pdr.pdf

Until further notice, the UO 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. Eventually UOPD will be handling the 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: recycle@uoregon.edu.

Please include:
·         Quantity of items (e.g., 3 small boxes)
·         Location of items to be picked up
·         Department contact name, email, and phone number

The UO 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.

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.

The UO 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.

CPFM 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.

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


The following buildings have toters for Styrofoam on building loading docks/garbage areas:
Streisinger, Klamath, McKenzie, Alumni Center, Music, Health Center, HEDCO, Zebrafish, Schnitzer Museum, Pacific Hall
For home Styrofoam collection, or for more information, contact St. Vincent de Paul at: 541-687-5820.

Contact CPFM customer service at 541-346-2319 regarding:
Bricks and Cinder Blocks
Fluorescent Lights and Tubes
Metal – large pieces

Contact CPFM customer service at 541-346-2319 regarding:
Motor Oil
Car Batteries
Landscape Waste-Leaves, Xmas Trees, other campus yard waste
Lamps and Fluorescent Tubes (Incandescent and LED’s are landfill item, CFL’s and Fluorescent tubes are recyclable contact CPFM X62319, for pick-up)
Scrap Metal
Wood Waste
Xmas Trees
Yard Waste

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

In the copier/printer contract it states in Section 28 that the Contractor (CTX) is responsible for collecting used toner bottles/cartridges from each copier location on a monthly basis and disposing of them in an environmentally responsible manner at no cost to the University.  The method for that collection is to go to the Fleet Copier website http://uoprint.uoregon.edu/fleet-copier-program and fill out a service, supplies or training request form (see pictures below).  That form has an option for requesting used toner pickup by CTX. 

The UO Zero Waste Program will still collect any and all laser/toner cartridges that cannot be sent through the fleet copier website.  For those items, please place these next to a zero waste station and label “for recycling”.

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.

Bubble Wrap
Buckets with Lids
CD’s and DVD’s (no cases)
Laser/Toner Cartridges
Ink and Inkjet Cartridges
Padded Envelopes
Petri Dishes (clean, please bag)
Phone Books
Sheet Plastics
**Styrofoam Block (white) ONLY-no other foam packaging accepted
Styrofoam Peanuts


Floppy disks, Video Cassettes and cases
Tyvek envelopes

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.

Coffee Pods (Keurig, Nespresso and other brands)
These are a single use item, are not recyclable and are a contaminant in recycling and compost categories.

Confidential Materials
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 (non-bottle)
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.

***Hard to Recycle Materials Terracycle will set-up special collection brigades for hard to recycle items like: pens, markers, juice pouches, candy wrappers and a plethora of other items.  This is something departments and individuals are welcome to consider but must be initiated and managed by an office/individual.  The UO Zero Waste Program does not collect any of these items campus wide.  For more information go to: http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/collection-programs

Junk (Bulk) Mail
Departments can email uomailing@uoregon.edu  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.

Light Bulbs
Incandescent (old household type) and LED lightbulbs are landfill items and do not require special handling.
CFL’s and Fluorescent tubes require special handling.  Contact CPFM Customer Service to request pick-up: 541-346-2319

Pizza Boxes
A clean pizza box can go into the cardboard recycling.  Any food contaminated sections of the pizza box, can go into composting.


Due to lack of markets, the Program no longer accepts any hard plastic items except what’s accepted in public collection and plastic items listed “oddball” materials.
 To clarify, plastic bottles, tubs, jars and jugs only are still accepted in the Cartons/Glass/Metal/Plastics category. 

Contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 541-346-3192 regarding:
Aerosol cans
Batteries-rechargeable  **alkaline batteries no longer have mercury in them and go into the garbage
Hazardous Materials and Waste
Paints and Solvents
Prescription Medicines
Anything that is potentially hazardous

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)
Surplus Property

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.


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.

UO Zero Waste Program Website: zerowaste.uoregon.edu

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