Recycling is a key component of modern waste management; it reduces energy consumption, air pollution and the release of greenhouse gases (associated with waste incineration) or water pollution (associated with landfills).
University Housing's recycling program began in 1989 with an effort to collect cardboard and newspapers. Today, our program has grown to include the collection of:
- Most papers and types of containers
- Compostable materials
- Hazardous materials
- Some construction waste
During move-in and move-out we collect packing materials and residents' castoffs. These special efforts yield huge recycling and donation rates.
Currently, our recycling rate is just over 50% by volume. We partner with University Waste Management to maximize recycling and to make efficient use of energy and water resources.
Residence Hall Recycling Program
University Housing and Waste Management Services co-sponsor the Residence Hall Recycling Program. Through this program, special recycling containers are provided in every student room with convenient disposal sites nearby. Students can bring trash and recyclables to the Waste/Recycling site closest to their living area.
- Choose reusables over disposables (silverware rather than plasticware, towels rather than paper towels, etc).
- Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water to reduce waste and save money.
- Avoid excess packaging and buy in bulk.
- Use rechargeable batteries and, when depleted, check with your Community Center for proper disposal.
- Donate old clothing, food and household objects to charities. Many places in Ann Arbor accept donations, including
- Buy recycled products when possible, including those with 100% post-consumer recycled content and non-chlorine bleached paper.
- Use double-sided printing/copying and print multiple pages per sheet. When possible, use smaller fonts and decrease line spacing, to reduce the number of pages you print.
- Use an electronic calendar rather than a printed one.
- Use email to minimize paper use; sign up for ebills and estatements rather than having them sent through the mail.
- Read newspapers online instead of buying them. It's free and easy!
- Reuse paper bags. Some stores will even discount your purchase if you bring your own bags.
- Cancel your junk mail. (Send your name and address with a request to have your name and address removed from their mailing list to: Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008).
To learn more about local recycling initiatives, please visit these sites: