KU Recycling assists the campus community in developing and implementing waste reduction and recycling programs. It strives to make a positive impact on campus through service performance and efforts to encourage waste reduction and recycling.
KU Recycling provides recycling services across the Lawrence campus. As a service department, we strive to make a positive impact on the campus community by encouraging waste reduction and recycling.
After Custodial Staff remove recyclables from nearly 1,000 individual recycling bins in campus buildings, our Technicians collect from outdoor locations at over 95 buildings. The majority of buildings are serviced once a week, with some higher traffic locations visited twice a week or even daily. All buildings on campus utilize a "single stream" system where all recyclable materials can go in one bin. In addition, many buildings have a container for cardboard located outside by the dumpster area that is serviced on a regular basis.
Where does it all go? After the material is collected, we take it to our West Campus warehouse. There the single stream material is dumped into a 40 yard "rolloff" container where it is shipped to the Hamm material recovery facility (MRF) for further sorting and processing. Cardboard is baled and stored on-site and then sold to Batliner in Kansas City to help offset operating expenses.
We average about 42,000 lbs of material collected every two weeks. That's nearly 600 TONS of material each year that Rock Chalk Recyclers remove from the waste stream!