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RecycleMania 2018

By Cassandra on February 13, 2018 in Waste

For the past few years, WashU has participated in an annual recycling competition with over two hundred colleges and universities across the US and Canada. This year’s eight-week competition kicked off last Sunday, February 4th, and will continue through March 31st. With each participating colleg...

Green Ambassador Program Recruits Directors

By Clara on January 30, 2018 in Community, Featured, homepage, Waste

The WUGA program (Washington University Green Ambassadors) is currently seeking applicants for two student director positions. The WUGA program is a student-led, peer-education program supported by the Office of Sustainability that orients new students to sustainable living practices at  WashU. W...

Holiday Lights Recycling Drive

By Jennifer on December 4, 2017 in Community, Waste

Wondering what to do with your old or unworkable holiday lights? You can recycle them! The annual Holiday Lights Recycling Drive returns to Washington University this winter. The drive runs December 8 through January 31. Last year, participants diverted 1,252 pounds of holiday lights from our loc...

Become a Recycling Genius

By Jennifer on February 1, 2017 in Community, Food, Waste

In the fall of 2016, the Office of Sustainability introduced a new volunteer program called Recycling Geniuses in response to recurring contamination issues across campus. A significant number of recycling and compost loads were being rejected from their respective collection facilities due to cr...

Wrapper Recycling Program Expanded

By Cassandra on November 16, 2016 in Community, Food, Waste

Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is WashU’s community service fraternity. Last spring, members started a program to collect granola and protein bar wrappers. The project keeps foil-lined wrappers out of the landfill. Most recycling companies, including WashU’s provider, do not accept foil-lined wrappe...

New Recycling Guidelines Announced

By Cassandra on August 16, 2016 in Waste

In response to a recent trend of rejected recycling loads due to food contamination, Washington University is rolling out updated guidelines for sorting waste. We are calling on the WashU community to help address this issue and stop contamination. We need YOUR help to make sure that every recycl...

Zero Waste Events: Commencement & Staff Day

By Jennifer on June 21, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized, Waste

The end of the 2016 academic year was marked with celebrations across campus. Two of the most notable celebrations, Commencement and Staff Day, were carefully organized to reflect the values of the university, with sustainability playing a key role in planning and decision-making. Commencement Nu...