Waste Reduction, Waste Diversion, and Reuse are a major focus in Georgia Southern’s Sustainability efforts. The University has a robust recycling program that recycles not only traditional items like paper, plastic, and aluminum, but also paint, florescent bulbs, and motor oil to name a few. Recycling bins are located in every building on campus, as well as all residential complexes, and are serviced daily. Last year we recycled approximately 241,052 pounds of newspaper, office paper, and cardboard, 7,000 pounds of aluminum, and 19,500 pounds of plastic! For a list of recyclable items, or to learn more about the program, click here.
During the school year, the University partners with Keep Bulloch Beautiful in Tailgate Recycling at all Georgia Southern home Football games. The purpose of this program is to reduce waste generated at the games and to establish routine recycling habits among fans. At every tailgate, we promote recycling by collecting aluminum and plastic cans from each tailgate spot; recycling stations are also set up inside the stadium and outside in the parking areas.
Other recycling efforts include end of the semester collection sites set up in residence halls to collect unwanted items from students moving out. All items collected are taken to Goodwill and the local food bank. In addition, Georgia Southern promotes and intercampus office supply re-use program. In this program faculty and staff send out campus wide emails listing office supplies and equipment no longer needed in a particular department that is available. This helps cut back on unneeded expenses; it prevents waste, and encourages re-use.
Students relamped campus offices, conference rooms and some Residence Halls throughout campus with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). As part of this program, incandescent bulbs have been replaced with new compact fluorescent in the accent/desk/floor primary lamps.
Lastly, the University participates in Recycle Mania, which is a friendly annual eight week competition among college and university recycling programs to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of waste per capita or have the highest recycling rate.