RecycleMania is the annual recycling competition between colleges and universities in North America. Drew University was #1 in the State of New Jersey in 2013 — beating Princeton and Rutgers. We’re defending our title in RecycleMania 2014  by following the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

RecycleMania 2014 runs from February 2 through March 30th.

Recycling is a community effort! It is mandatory for each member of the Drew faculty, staff, and student body to separate their recycling and place it in the proper receptacle. After separation by the community, it is the responsibility of Drew Facilities to manage recyclable material and waste until it is recycled.

How Does the Recycling System Work?

Students

Each student is provided recycling containers and a trash container in their rooms. Each individual is then responsible for emptying these containers of separated trash and recyclables into the larger hall containers. From there the custodial staff empties these larger containers, keeping them in separate bags, and preparing them for pick up from Drew’s recycling and trash hauler.

Offices, Administrative, and Faculty

Each individual in an office setting is provided a “bucket buddy.” This is a smaller bucket that is attached to the larger receptacle. The majority of waste generated by an office environment is paper. To properly use the “bucket buddy”, place all paper in the lager section, and all general waste (like a banana peel left over from lunch) in the smaller side attachment. In addition to the “bucket buddy” each office area has a set of two larger containers, one for recyclables (paper, bottles and cans) and one for general trash. All of these receptacles are then empted by the custodial staff, keeping them separated and preparing them for pickup.

Facilities and Custodial Staff

After all the recyclable materials are placed in the proper containers; the custodial and facilities staff takes over. The custodial staff empties all of the containers, keeping each group in separate, clear bags. The bags are then placed outside the buildings ready for transport to the Campus Recycling Center. Once at the Recycling yard, the bags are removed from the truck and separated into the proper receptacles. Once full, the large receptacles are picked up by a waste management company and brought to a transfer station to be recycled.

As part of our continuing effort to revise and improve the Drew recycling program, we are interested in what you think. Any ideas or suggestions concerning the recycling program can be addressed by contacting Facilities at ext. 3510.

Recycling Guidelines

Bottles Cans Mixed Paper and Cardboard

Single Stream Recycling

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Please empty & rinse containers before recycling. Food in the recycling contaminates the whole bin.

  • Empty Glass & Cans
  • Empty Food & Juice Boxes
    • Cereal, Snack, and Tissue Boxes
    • Juice Boxes, Soymilk Boxes
  • Mixed Paper
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers coded #1-7
    • Plastic Containers include: plastic cups, plastic tubs without food, etc.
  • Flattened Cardboard
    • Delivery Boxes
    • Pizza Boxes: remove oily bottom part and put in trash, recycle top part

What Not to Recycle

What Not to Recycle

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  • Plastic Bags or Styrofoam
  • Food
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Towels & Tissues

Electronics

Everything Else

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Send empty cartridges in a box or envelope through inter-campus mail for recycling to: “Ink Cartridge Recycling, Receiving Department.” Cartridges can also be taken to Staples and other office supply stores for recycling.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) Lightbulbs

CFLs are energy-efficient bulbs that replace incandescent bulbs and fit into light sockets. Bring your campus-generated spent/dead compact fluorescent light bulbs to the front desk of the Facilities Department in the Pepin Building. Map to Pepin Building. Home Depot will also take unbroken CFLs from homeowners (bring to return service desk).

Batteries (Re-chargeable batteries only)

Students should return re-chargeable batteries to the basement of Seminary Hall Cyber Cafe. Departments may drop off batteries there as well. Single use batteries can be put in the waste bins.
Rechargeable batteries from off-campus should be recycled at your county’s household hazardous waste drop off. Click here for more information.

Electronic Waste (or “e-waste”)

Drew recycles appliances. Please fill out a work order to have your electronic waste (such as air conditioner, refrigerator, printer, television) recycled and include your location. Learn more about filling out a work order in UKNOW.

Recycling Electronics/Computers

  • Students please fill out a work order for pick up of your electronics or call 973-408-3510.
  • Faculty & Staff can drop off a computer for recycling at the Telecom office in Learning Center or fill out a ticket to request a pick up of your computers.

Why recycle electronics?

Electronics may contain toxins and heavy metals and need to be separated from regular waste to prevent possible release into water bodies and land.

How do I recycle personal home electronics (non-Drew)?

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority of NJ oversees programs for waste and recycling for Morris County residents.

Did you know?

  • If all the morning newspapers read around the country were recycled, 41,000 trees would be saved daily and 6 million tons of waste would never end up in landfills.
  • The top consumer of paper and paperboard per person in pounds for 1995 was the United States with 730 pounds per person. Since then the number has gone up!
  • Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times!
  • Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour!
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
  • Americans discard enough aluminum to rebuild our commercial airline fleet every three months.

By recycling one ton of paper, you save:

  • 17 trees
  • 6953 gallons of water
  • 463 gallons of oil
  • 587 lbs of air pollution
  • 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 4077 kilowatt hours of energy