Elon’s recycling program began in the late 1980s as a student initiative and has grown significantly in recent years. Elon recycles or composts about 30% of its waste stream (excluding construction projects).
The following can be recycled on campus: paper (all kinds), newspaper, magazines, cardboard, plastic (#1 - #7), glass (clear, brown, green, and blue), cans (aluminum and steel/tin), batteries, printer cartridges and small electronic items. The University also recycles the following from its waste stream: automotive batteries, fluorescent bulbs, motor oil, tires, electronics, and shipping pallets.
Recyclable materials should be deposited in appropriate containers throughout campus and are picked up by members of the Environmental Services staff. Recycling containers are located in residence halls, dining facilities, and academic and support buildings. Plastic, glass, and cans go in the green topped bins. Paper goes in the blue topped bins.The Residence Halls have labeled bins usually located on the first floor and students are responsible for transporting their recyclables to these locations. The Danieley Center has "igloo" recycling containers for bottles, cans, and paper that can be found by the trash dumpsters.
Cardboard can be recycled in the designated containers behind the following facilities: The Colonnades Dining Hall, McEwen Dining Hall, Moseley Center, and the Physical Plant (Dickson Building). It can also be broken down flat and put next a paper recycling bin inside a building or next to an outdoor recycling container in the following residential areas: The Oaks, Danieley Center and The Station at Mill Point.
Household batteries can be recycled at these locations: Belk Library – main stairwell, McEwen Communications – Room 105, Moseley Center – by the mail room and Center for the Arts - by the elevator on the first floor.
Printer cartridges can be recycled in collection bins at these locations: Colonnades Area Office, Danieley Center – Daniel Commons, East Area Office, Moseley Center Second Floor - outside of the Greek Life Office, Moseley Center First Floor – near the mail room, Oaks Area Office, West Area Office, Office of Sustainability - Mooney 105, School of Law Library - behind the Circulation Desk.
Faculty and Staff with inkjet printers should send their used inkjet cartridges via campus mail to Purchasing, 2950 Campus Box, to be recycled.
Proceeds from the collection bins and inkjet cartridges from Faculty and Staff will benefit the Elon Academy.
Faculty and staff on the Elon campus with laser printers can contact the Purchasing department (ext 5580) about the ability to purchase lower cost remanufactured laser cartridges which are then returned to Purchasing when empty for remanufacturing.
Faculty and staff at the School of Law with laser printers can contact Sue Williams (ext 9304) about the ability to purchase lower cost remanufactured laser cartridges which are then returned to her when empty for remanufacturing.
Empty toners from the Ricoh printers/copiers on campus can be recycled. They will not be refilled, but the plastic will be recycled. On the Elon campus, please send them to the Purchasing department (Campus Box 2950) where they will be picked up on a regular basis for recycling. At the School of Law, empty toners should be sent to Sue Williams (Campus Box 2005), and they will be picked up for recycling.
Many electronics are now banned from the landfill in North Carolina. Click here for information about this new law and recycling information. University owned electronics can be recycled by contacting the Physical Plant (ext 5500).
There are collection bins on campus for small electronic items in the following locations: Belk Library - main stairwell, McEwen Communications - Room 105 and the Office of Sustainability - Mooney 105. The following items can be put in them: cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, computer speakers, hard drives, CDs, DVDs, CD/DVD drives, disks, headsets, cords, cables and chargers.
To encourage involvement in and increase awareness of Elon’s recycling program, Elon participates in Recyclemania.
The Don’t Trash It! campaign runs at the end of the school year to collect gently used items for local non-profit organizations to keep them from ending up in landfills. Various items are collected by different groups in designated locations, such as gently used furniture, working appliances, house wares, lamps, electronics, usable clothing and non-perishable food items. Spring 2013 Don't Trash It! information.
Every year, the Purchasing department sponsors a Shredding Day, typically in the summer, for offices and departments on campus to purge paper records no longer needed. All of this paper is shredded and then recycled.