REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE:
Learn how to reduce consumption, reduce waste, recycling on campus, and compost.
- Reduce. Conserve resources by using, buying, and wasting less.
- Re-Use. Choose reusable instead of disposable items, from water bottles/coffee cups to shopping bags!
- Recycle. Sort your recycling: learn what can be recycled, clean and empty your recyclables.
- Compost. You can compost in the dining hall, Commons, or order compost bins for your events!
SORTING MADE EASY:
- Recycling is now single stream, meaning all recyclables are collected in any recycling bin.
- Paper is no longer sorted separate from other recyclables such as plastic, glass, or metal.
- Click to view & print informational posters:
Learn more, and request UMBC’s standard bins or labels for waste or recycling:
How to sort packaging for each dining option in the Commons:
WHAT TO COMPOST
- All Food Waste: All left over food, no oil or liquids.
- Soiled Paper Product: used napkins, paper cups, paper plates etc.
- Plant-based Packaging (see the full list)
- True Grits Dining Hall (all food waste is composted from the kitchen and used dishes)
- The Commons (labeled green slots in waste bins)
- The compost bin at the community garden (food waste only)
- Composting allows food and plants to decompose into fertile soil.
- Waste decomposing in a landfill without oxygen creates methane, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.
- Learn more about composting at epa.gov!
Zero Waste Events:
- Choose compostable dishware and flatware for your next event
- Student groups can request a portable compost & recycling bin and pick up service through events services
- Departments can request portable bins for events through or work control!
- The new SGA Green Paws fund allows student organizations to acquire plant based compostable materials at no additional cost.
- Learn more about planning green events: http://sustainability.umbc.edu/events/
WHAT TO RECYCLE
- Glass, plastic, metal, paper, and cardboard can all go in our recycling bins. Look for the blue bags & stickers!
- Recycling should be clean and dry. No plastic bags or plastic film in recycling bins.
- Recycling became single stream (meaning no more sorting out paper) in Spring ’18.
WHERE TO RECYCLE
- Residents and offices are asked to supply their own recycling bins for personal spaces.
- Facilities provides bins in building lobbies and main hallways, as well as outdoors.
- Recycling bins are available through Facilities Management.
OTHER RECYCLABLES (BULK, ELECTRONICS, ETC.)
- Paper Shredding: UMBC’s central service for bulk paper shredding. http://procurement.umbc.edu/campus-contracts/
- Bulk items such as furniture and electronics get a new life with UMBC’s donation program through Facilities Management.
- Ink Cartridges and Batteries can be recycled at the Commons Information Desk or through Facilities Management.
- Electronics recycling: Facilities Management holds popular E-cycling drives each semester. In fact, Baltimore County requires we recycle e-waste to prevent contamination.
- Learn more about recycling at UMBC Join Student groups can request a portable compost & recycling bin and pick up service through events services
- Join the Recycling and Waste Reduction Work Group of the Climate Action Steering Committee.
- Learn more about what can be recycled and where our recycling goes with Republic Services
- Learn how to update your printer settings to double sided!
- Skip the disposable cups and bottles- instead bring your own to save money and waste!
- UMBC offers discounts at the register for refilling your own coffee mug on campus.
- Several water bottle refilling stations are located around campus (such as the Commons, Library, and Residence Halls)
- Don’t just toss plastic bags & waxy receipt, let the cashier know if you don’t need one.
- Donate bulk items such as furniture through Facilities Management, Retriever Exchange or Retriever Treasure.