Recycling and Waste
Arizona State University works together across all four campuses to minimize waste and increase the proportion diverted from landfills.
Recycling efforts across ASU’s four campuses have two main goals: to increase recycling participation and to reduce contamination that can relegate an entire bin of recyclables to the landfill.
ASU is developing a university-wide composting program to support the Zero Waste by 2015 goal. Currently, about 12 tons of landscaping trimmings are composted monthly for use on campus landscapes. The Green Bin program at the Tempe campus will soon allow all campuses to compost food and compostable food-service items at dining halls.
Exchanging Surplus Items
Sun Devils Surplus Exchange and Transfer (SunSET) is a university-wide “classified ad” system for exchanging ASU property. Through SunSET, ASU departments can re-use office and lab supplies, furniture, and other un-needed items.
Exchanging Surplus Items »
Selling or Recycling Surplus Items
Surplus Property harvests and sells metal from retired ASU property, recycles cardboard and paper that cannot be reused, and generally does all it can to reduce waste and increase revenue.
Selling or Recycling Surplus Items »
Reducing Junk Mail
ASU Mail Services has partnered with Ecological Mail Coalition to help reduce each department’s junk mail, including catalogs, magazines, and other advertising mail for employees who are no longer in a department.
Reducing Junk Mail »
Ditch the Dumpster
Ditch the Dumpster gives students a way to recycle, reuse, or repurpose their leftovers during the year-end rush to move out of residence halls. The annual event benefits local charities.
Ditch the Dumpster »
Download and post signs to improve our recycling rates and decrease contamination.
Recycling Signs »