UNO Recycling History
What have we done?
- Electronics and used computers are either redistributed on campus, or for those items that are antiquated or unusable, processed by a recycling vendor.
- Fluorescent tubes, HID Bulbs and PCB lighting ballasts are recycled by a licensed vendor.
- Batteries are recycled either at the point of purchase (of replacement batteries), or are delivered to a local vendor for recycling.
- Aerosol cans are typically punctured and the contents collected (for disposal as hazardous waste). The empty puncture cans are then offered for recycling.
- Scrap metal is collected at various campus locations then recycled when enough volume is present to make this feasible.
- Waste concrete from the structures lab is sometimes used as fill/bank stabilization material.
- Aluminum cans are collected by select student groups or other organizations.
- A solid waste sort was conducted on the Dodge location to identify the typical contents of our solid wastestream. Details are available from the Environmental Club of UNO web site.
- In the fall of 2008 the University expanded its recycling program to include a single-stream system (similar to the City of Omaha’s), through FirStar Fiber.
What can we do?
- Individually, you can participate in your trash collector’s recycling program and/or collect recyclables and deliver to one of several recycling centers.
- Remember that recycling is the third “R.” Attempt to reduce (consumption) and reuse as well as recycle.
- Send electronic copies of files wherever possible, eliminating the need for consuming paper.
- Print and copy on both sides of paper to reduce consumption by 50%.
- Evaluate the need for automatically printed routine reports. Check with recipients to see if electronic copies will suffice.
City of Omaha Recycling
Nebraska State Recycling Association
National Recycling Coalition - College and University Recycling Council