Zero Waste Info for UO Faculty & Students

The University of Oregon is a nationally recognized leader in college campus recycling thanks to the University of Oregon faculty, staff, students and administration. What started as a grassroots effort has grown into a model for other college and university programs. The Program owes its leadership position and continued development to all of the valuable input it has received from the campus community over the past 20 years.

Waste reduction and recycling are important individual actions that greatly reduce our community and global impacts while conserving our precious resources, reducing greenhouse gasses and creating family wage jobs. Every effort helps!

This section is simple and is intended for on-campus recyclers.

If you can't find what you're looking for, have any ideas, questions, feedback etc, please contact us, we welcome your input. or call 346-1545.

UO Materials Handling List
UO Campus Construction Standards for Zero Waste-please consider these specifications when remodelling or new construction in a campus building or department
UO Zero Waste Events Services

UO Zero Waste Sorting Guidelines

Where Can I Recycle and Compost?

The following is a general guide to recycling locations on campus for paper, cartons/glass/metal/plastic, cardboard, compostables.. If you can't find a recycling site, or you're not sure as to the closest site to your location, contact us at 541-346-1545. For instructions for recycling materials not accepted at the public sites but accepted internally check the MATERIALS list.

Compostables are collected in all campus cafes, on loading docks at Housing food service areas and typically in department kitchens. Ideally each building will have at least one compost site.

Volunteer Composting Program
If you and/or your department, would like to participate in composting on campus, contact: to participate in the voluntary composting program. You will receive a deskside bin that you are responsible to centralize to a loading dock compostables collection roll cart.

Office and Academic Buildings
Recycling sites in office and academic buildings are located as follows:

  • Public Hallway Sites
  • Entryways
  • Copy Rooms
  • Office Suites
  • Staff and Break Rooms
  • Loading Docks-all campus buildings have cardboard recycling bins on the loading docks, please bring cardboard directly to loading dock locations as the Fire Marshall prohibits in-building collection of cardboard for recycling.

Campus Cafes
Campus cafes offer full service recycling and composting sites.

Erb Memorial Union and Campus Food Service Composting locations
Recycling and compost sites are located throughout the EMU. Cardboard collection on the loading dock.

Computer Labs
Computer labs have recycling sites for Paper.

Fraternity/Sorority Life
All Fraternity and Sorority Houses are privately owned and do not recieve university services. Contact 541-346-1577 for assistance in determining how to set-up recycling and composting with a local waste hauler.

Lawrence Hall
Lawrence hall has public sites for Paper, Mixed Paper, Cartons/Glass/Metal/Plastics throughout the building. All studios also have interior recycling sites for these same materials.

Residence Halls
Residence halls have centralized recycling sites for all materials. In these locations. Paper, Cartons/Glass/Metals/Plastics are collected, These sites are indicated on the recycling instructions included with the dorm recycling bins provided to each resident. Composting is available behind the Housing kitchen areas. Each Residence Hall room recieves a recycling desksider for in-room collection of recyclables.

Off-Campus Housing
Off-campus housing areas have centralized outdoor recycling sites for all materials located next to the centralized garbage collection containers.

Off-Campus Offices
The UO Zero Waste Program does not provide recycling services to off-campus offices, as all services for these areas are contracted out, including custodial services, garbage collections, and recycling. The building managers for these areas will instruct occupants as to the recycling procedures and locations specific to each location.