Campus Initiatives: Waste Reduction

All trash, recycling and composting is managed by Enviornmental Services.

All items placed in trash cans at Elon University go to a landfill.  Currently about 30% of the solid waste stream is recycled or composted.  Elon has a number of initiatives to help ensure recyclables and compostables are kept out of the landfill.    

  • Mind the Bin: This is a campaign to put waste items in the correct bin so only trash, not recyclables or compostables, goes to the landfill.  Bins for compost, recycling and trash are color-coded, labeled and are conveniently located next to each other in a single ‘Mind the Bin’ station. The Elon University Department of Athletics partnered with Environmental Services and the Office of Sustainability to provide ‘Mind the Bin’ stations at some athletic events and select campus locations.
  • Recycling at Elon: This page provides detailed information about what items can be recycled at Elon and where they are collected.
  • Composting at Elon: This page provides detailed information about what can be composted at Elon, collection locations and information about requesting compost bins and compostable service ware for events hosted on campus. 

Annual Competitions and Campaigns

Phoenix Cup: Energy

Phoenix Cup is a series of competitions aimed at developing habits that reduce our collective ecological footprint. The fall competition focuses on reducing energy consumption to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  For more information view Elon’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory and/or see real-time energy use of specific campus buildings.

Don't Trash It!

May 9 – 23, 2018
The Don’t Trash It! campaign runs at the end of the school year. It provides collection points for gently used items that would otherwise be thrown away.  Various items, such as gently used furniture, working appliances, small house wares, lamps, electronics, usable clothing and non-perishable, un-opened food items are collected in designated locations. Once collected, items are donated to local non-profit organizations. Don't Trash It! is made possible by multiple campus and community partners. Campus partners include the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, Residence Life, Environmental Services and the Office of Sustainability.

Over 10,000 pounds of items are collected every year. We need volunteers to help collect items, monitor trucks and deliver donated food.  Sign-up to volunteer for 1 hour or more here. For additional details about what is collected and where to drop off donations read the FAQs.

Shredding Day

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.