The Binghamton University campus community is continually looking for ways to reduce
the amount of waste we generate and to recycle all possible materials.
Here is a look at some of our efforts:
The University has a comprehensive recycling program, with recycling bins for different materials in dozens of locations across campus.
Not counting scrap metal or waste oil, recycling efforts in 2013 saved the University
more than $23,350!
In the past year alone, we recycled 650+ tons of materials, including:
Co-mingled glass, metal and plastic containers: 113 tons
Cardboard: 219 tons
Paper: 63 tons
Compost: 164 tons
Ink and battery: 11 tons
Scrap metal: 103 tons
Waste oil: 3 tons
Binghamton also engages in a number of recycling efforts:
The University is a regular participant in RecycleMania, a friendly competition among hundreds of colleges and universities in the United
States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity aimed at
Each year, the University’s Office of Recycling and Resource Management organizes
Move-Out Week, collecting unwanted food and clothing when students leave campus after spring semester.
Bins are placed in all residential communities so students can donate items they don’t
plan to take home. This year, we collected and then donated 1.7 tons of sealed food!
Electronic waste is collected during the Student E-Waste Drive. All items are responsibly recycled or donated to those in need. In May, 3,373 pounds
of electronic waste was collected and recycled.
The University’s student-driven Compost Organic Garden Demonstration Project promotes composting and organic gardening through active demonstrations, as well
as serves as a field lab for an ecological agriculture course.
Ever wonder what happens to the mounds of food waste in campus kitchens? Here at Binghamton
University, kitchen prep trimmings, spoiled fruit and vegetables, stale bakery items
and leftover plate scrapings are composted. Each day during the fall and spring semesters,
we collect approximately 2,000 pounds of compostable waste from campus dining halls, eateries and the teaching greenhouse.
The University has reduced the amount of disposable items used in dining halls across campus.