| WHAT YOU CAN DO
Complex Directors and Resident Assistants are in a unique position that allows them to be environmental leaders and great stewards to the UO Zero Waste Program. They can have a tremendous impact in developing and encouraging environmental awareness among residents. Residents can utilize their environmental and leadership sensibilities by talking to other residents about ways to increase recycling and reduce waste. Below are just a few examples of how residents, assistants and directors can make a difference.
AS A RESIDENT ASSISTANT OR COMPLEX DIRECTOR
- Model good recycling habits
- Encourage use of in-room bin for recycling
- Encourage recycling and composting of acceptable packaging, food waste and food ware at Housing dining venues
- Be available and knowledgeable to answer common recycling questions
- Buy and encourage purchasing of recycled-content and easily recyclable products
( product packaging will tell you if it is made from recycled material! )
- Seek alternatives to neon and heavily dyed paper for residence hall promotions
- Give the UO Zero Waste Program suggestions and feedback about recycling in your hall
- Use the UO Zero Waste Program as an educational and special events resource
- Contact the Housing Recycling Coordinator at (541) 346-0929 if you have an interest in organizing an environmental event in your hall
A handout for Resident Directors and Assistants (CD_RArecyclinginfo.pdf
includes a summary of residence hall recycling site locations, an easy overview of materials that are accepted and not accepted for recycling, common recycling errors and some examples of unacceptable materials.
AS A RESIDENT
BUY WISELY! Choose products with minimal packaging, are easily recyclable or made from recycled material. Look for products with phrases like, "Printed on recycled paper" or "Made with post-consumer content."
Use a refillable mug instead of a paper or Styrofoam cup. Some companies will even discount your drink price when you use a refillable mug.
Turn off the water faucet when brushing your teeth. This simple act can save up to 9 gallons of water every time you brush.
Reduce junk mail by removing your name from mailing lists. Contact the soliciting company directly or you can register for mailing list removal by filling out a junk mail coupon at your Service Center.
Conserve energy by using natural daylight and turning off appliances like room lights and computer monitors when you leave.
Report wasted energy and water (e.g., dripping faucets and lights left on) to your RA or custodian
Use alternate modes of transportation. Walk, ride a bike or take the bus. Remember, LTD is FREE with your UO ID!
Donate reusable goods like clothes, books and appliances to local charities and resale stores.
Reduce paper use by using both sides of a piece of paper for taking notes, by making double-sided copies when printing and photocopying and avoid excessive printing of web pages, report drafts and class notes.
Avoid using neon and dark-colored paper since these are difficult to recycle. They contain metals, which contaminate the recycling process and are harmful to the environment. Instead use lighter colored paper and graphics to get attention.
RECYCLE & COMPOST wherever you can! There are many locations on the UO campus that collect recyclables and compost!
Recycling staff is always interested and enthusiastic about opportunities to present recycling and environmental information to the residence hall. An educational tool that benefits students, Resident Assistants and Complex Directors is a recycling presentation or refresher. Residents gain a good understanding so that recycling becomes easy and convenient. It is also a forum for residents to give input on recycling in the residence halls.
Here are just a few examples of the benefits of residence hall recycling presentations:
- communicate more specific recycling information to residents
- structured to meet the needs and concerns of residents
- highlight residents' contribution to recycling at UO
- examples of common materials accepted and not accepted for recycling
If you are interested in presentations or recycling refreshers for your hall or complex, please contact the Housing Recycling Coordinator at (541) 346-0929.
| RECYCLING AT THE Service CenterS
Residents can recycle all paper such as bulk mail, magazines and catalogs.at recycling bins located around the Hamilton, LLC and Barnhart Service Centers. CD-Roms can also be recycled at these locations.
WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED
At the residence halls, glass/metal/plastic, paper and corrugated cardboard are collected for recycling. Please see the sites at your hall for specific sorting instructions. Below is a general list of acceptable materials:
- Paper : Office paper, junk mail, paper bags, wrapping paper, stationery, cereal boxes and envelopes, catalogs and subscription magazines, and daily newspaper and inserts
- Corrugated Cardboard : Two pieces of paper separated by a wavy middle layer. Corrugated cardboard containers are located outside each complex. Please empty and flatten all boxes.
RECYCLING SITE CONTAINERS & SIGNS
The Housing Recycling Program utilizes a variety of containers at residence hall recycling sites. Space constraints and local fire code compliance are some of the factors that go into determining what type of containers will be used at a recycling site. Following is a list of types of containers used in the residence halls for recycling collection:
| 55-gallon barrels - In more spacious rooms, where recycling can be sealed away from public access, 55-gallon plastic barrels are used to collect both paper and bottles and cans.
|| 20-gallon galvanized can (for paper collection)- These containers are most often used at recycling sites where capacity is limited.
| 20-gallon galvanized can and liner (for bottles and cans collection) - When combined with durable, leak-proof liners, galvanized cans are ready to collect bottles and cans. They are most frequently used in lobbies and smaller capacity sites.
Reusable woven "baggits" and racks - These allow for multi-material collection at sites that have limited space.
Laminated signs - Lamination provides a degree of durability. These signs are used in many applications throughout Housing. They are placed on walls and recycling containers to designate how users are to sort recycling.
Heavy Duty Dome Lids (fit 55-gallon barrels)
Dome lids provide protection from inclement weather when recycling is collected in exterior locations.
Container labels - To further designate containers for recycling collection, and minimize confusion among users, containers are affixed with durable, adhesive labels.
IN-ROOM RECYCLING BINS
Modeled after a successful, local curbside recycling bin program, in-room recycling bins provide a convenient and spatially functional tool for residents to store and move recyclables. Additionally, recycling bins allow students to become actively involved in waste reduction. The bins increase recycling awareness and reinforce the idea that recycling is a natural part of life in the residence halls.
- Fall 1993 - survey of 350 residents finding 90% thought an in-room recycling bin would encourage them to recycle
- Increased resident support through pilot project using small cardboard bins placed in a resident's hall
- Positive feedback from residents about the convenience in-room recycling bins provided
- Early support and involvement from the resident student governance body, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), including the selection of the bin to be used in residence hall rooms
- Phased-in approach to outfit one or more complexes at a time to develop most effective methods of funding, distribution and return
- Residence complexes with high populations of freshmen received priority during pilot projects
- Recycling Program retained the recycling bins from past pilot projects
- May 2000 –Residence Hall Association approved funds to purchase enough bins to finish outfitting all 1700+ residence hall rooms
- Summer 2000 – Recycling bin added to the official room inventory checklist Fall 2000 – Residents begin using recycling bins placed in each residence hall room
- Modeled after successful curbside bin program
- Prior to Fall term opening, the UO Zero Waste Program staff delivers in-room recycling bins to each residence complex
- Bins are then placed in each room by Housing custodial staff
- Residents arrive on-campus for the Fall term and indicated on a room inventory checklist that a recycling bin is present and in good condition.
- At the end of Spring term, residents indicate presence and condition of recycling bins upon check-out of their rooms
- After each room is vacated, Housing custodial staff conducts a second inventory to ensure that residents are accurately charged for room damages or missing items (including recycling bins).
- Housing custodial staff collects and consolidates all in-room recycling bins after inventory
- The UO Zero Waste Program staff picks up consolidated bins from each residence complex
- Bins are cleaned, stored and stuffed with educational flyers during the summer months in preparation for Fall distribution.
In Room Recycling Bins
Dimensions: 15" X 12" X 8"H
Volume: 6 US Gallons
Material: High Density Polyethylene
Busch Systems 1-800-565-9931
NOTE TO RESIDENTS: PLEASE LEAVE YOUR GREEN RECYCLING BIN IN YOUR ROOM WHEN MOVING OUT OR YOU WILL BE CHARGED!!
Pilot Project Experiences
Several different methods of distribution and collection were attempted during the years of the pilot projects. Below are the main methods used and positives and negatives of each as the Housing Recycling Program experienced:
- Fall term distribution of bins, and Spring term collection at the Service Centers
- Pros: 1) bins distributed at no cost to residents, so more residents likely to pick them since they wouldn't have to spend any money and 2) distribution and collection is easy.
- Cons: 1) no way of recovering costs from bins that are not returned in Spring term and 2) only residents already interested in recycling will pick up a bin; thus the waste reduction and educational goals of the in-room recycling bins would not be as far reaching.
- Selling bins to residents at or above cost during Fall term
- Pros: 1) reduces labor resources associated with tracking, maintaining and redistributing and 2) residents would have a bin that could be reused.
- Cons: 1) attract students that are already interested in recycling and willing to purchase bins, 2) would not be utilized by students who would recycle but aren't willing to buy a bin and 3) a new stock of bins would need to be purchased and made available every year.
- Institutionalize recycling bin as part of room inventory list
- Pros: 1) one-time purchase of bins, 2) costs of damaged or missing bins are recovered by charging room's occupant(s) and 3) recycling bin becomes accepted and needed amenity of each room just like a trash can.
- Cons: 1) requires a great deal of support from Housing custodial staff to distribute bins before Fall move-ins and to track missing and damaged bins so that costs are recovered and 2) labor required to clean and prepare bins to be used in complexes the following Fall term.
WHERE IS MY RECYCLING SITE?
Laundry rooms of floors 2 through 7. Glass/metal/plastic and paper is collected at these sites.
The main recycling sites in the Barnhart complex are:
**Any corrugated cardboard should be recycled outside in the parking lot..
Recycling in the Barnhart Lobby
- Service Center - Paper, glass/metal/plastic containers and plastic bags
- First floor Library room - glass/metal/plastic containers and plastic bags
The main recycling sites for Bean complex are:
- Outside Wilcox Hall
- Outside Caswell Hall
- Outside Henderson Hall
The main recycling site for the Carson complex is located in the basement,
near the elevator. Paper, glass/metal/plastic containers, and plastic bags are recycled at this site. .
: Recycling in the Carson Lobby
Corrugated cardboard and newspapers are also collected in the loading dock area off 13 th Avenue
Site Under Reconstruction during 2013-2014
Paper, cardboard, glass/metal/plastic containers, and plastic bags are collected at t he main recycling sites for the Earl complex:
- Earl North (outside McClure Hall)
- Earl South (behind Young Hall)
Site Under Reconstruction during 2013-2014
GLOBAL SCHOLARS HALL
The main recycling sites for Global Scholar Hall are:
- Next to central wing
- Inside south wing
The main recycling sites for Hamilton complex are:
- Hamilton North (between Watson & Burgess Halls)
- Hamilton South (between Tingle & Spiller Halls)
Recycling inside the Hamilton Mall
- Paper and CD-Rom recycling is available in front of the Hamilton Service Center.
- Small cans for recycling glass/metal/plastic and paper are throughout the Hamilton mall
- Residents can recycle glass/metal/plastic containers inside Grab'N'Go (along with compostables).
Patrons of Common Grounds, the cafe located in Hamilton complex, can recycle glass/metal/plastic containers in either Grab'N'Go dining area or the Hamilton mall..
The main recycling sites for the Living Learning Center are:
- Outside DeCou Hall (site shared with Walton complex)
- Outside Adams Hall (site shared with Walton complex)
- LLC South Building (southeast room)
- Outside LLC North near bike racks (primary kitchen recycling site)
Recycling inside LLC North
- In hallway outside Performance Hall - glass/metal/plastic containers, plastic bags and paper
- Dux Bistro - glass/metal/plastic containers, plastic bags (and compost)
- Service Center - paper
The main recycling sites for the Riley complex are:
- Under canopy in parking lot (south side of complex) - paper, cardboard, glass/metal/plastic containers, and plastic bags
Paper, glass/metal/plastic containers, plastic bags and corrugated cardboard are collected at the main recycling sites of Walton complex:
- Outside McAlister Hall
- Outside Smith Hall
- Outside DeCou Hall (site shared with LLC)
- Outside Adams Hall (site shared with LLC)
Walton Housing Staff Recycling Sites
- Main office copy room – white paper and mixed paper
- Programming office (first floor workroom of Hawthorne Hall) glass/metal/plastic containers, plastic bags and paper
- East Walton driveway (between Sweetser and Schafer Halls) - corrugated cardboard.
Please refer to Events and Promotion , for information regarding Fall Move-ins at UO Housing.
Please refer to Events and Promotion , for information regarding Spring Move-outs at UO Housing.