Materials, Waste, & Recycling
UNO reduces, reuses, and recycles nearly all materials to the extent that very few waste products are sent to the landfill. All UNO's purchasing decisions include lifecycle cost and closed loop considerations.
Our Goals and Progress
Annual Diversion Rate (Compared to the Baseline)
- Information Service's 'Technology Guidelines for Going Green' ccontains a section about ways to reduce printing on campus.
- Course Catalogs are available online; eliminating the need to print copies.
- Water Refilling Stations:
- UNO has 33 water filling stations across campus.
- From March to June 2016, an estimated 178,103 plastic disposable water bottles were saved from the waste stream.
- The Chemistry Department maintains a database of materials and ensures faculty consider available chemicals prior to ordering supplies.
- Surplus Property receives, redistributes, and sells excess University property.
- Residence Hall Association provides donation bins during Move-Out Week for students to donate their unwanted, gently used items to Youth Mart.
- Single-Stream Recycling:
- Started in Fall 2008, this allows all recyclable waste to be placed in one bin, no sorting is required. Acceptable for single-stream containers
- Are you needing a recycling bin for your office? Contact Edward Johnson by emailing email@example.com or calling 4-2656.
- Electronic Waste Recycling:
- Electronic waste is either redistributed on campus or, for those items that are antiquated or unusable, processed by a licensed electronic recycling vendor.
- Miscellaneous Recycling Programs:
- Hazardous waste minimization training is provided to lab personnel.
- Fluorescent tubes, HID bulbs, and PCB ballasts are recycled by a licensed vendor.
- Scrap metel is collected at various locations for recycling.
- Confidential paper recycling is available through Landscape Services.
- UNO's 'Green Purchasing' strategy is committed to buying environmentally preferable goods and services as long as they meet the performance needs and they are available within a reasonable period of time at a reasonable cost.
- Environmental Services purchases only Green Seal certified cleaning products as their standard practice.
- Information Service's 'Technology Guidelines for Going Green' contains a section regarding green purchasing.
- The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) publishes the 'Purchasing Pup E-News' that focuses on best practices and opportunities related to purchasing policies.
- In partnership with the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center, NBDC conducted a study of environmentally preferable purchasing:
- Study of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing of Office Supplies for UNO, 2014-15
- Environmental Purchasing Project Summary Fact Sheet
- UNO's Environmental Purchasing Project Summary Fact Sheet
- Hefty® EnergyBag™ Program:
- UNO has collection sites for the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program. This city-wide initiative is designed to divert hard-to-recycle plastics from the landfill and instead convert them into energy. For more information about UNO's program download the Waste Recovery Brochure.
- Plastics accepted in the program (Please note: this program is designed to recover plastics that are not currently accepted in our normal recycling program. Please stll place all recyclable plastics in the nearest recycling receptacle.)
|Toothpaste Tubes||Snack Bags||Plastic Cups, Plates, Bowls|
|Foam Cups & Containers||Stand-Up Pouches||Condiment Packets|
|Fresh & Frozen Food Bags||Squeezable Pouches||Laundry Pouches|
|Potato Chip Bags||Pudding Cups||Plastic Pet Food Bags|
|Candy Wrappers||Plastic Meat Packaging||Single-Serve Coffee Pods|
|Packing Peanuts||Plastic Liners||Microwavable Pouches|
|Plastic Straws & Stirrers||Plastic Utensils||Juice Pouches|
|Non-Recyclable Plastic Bags|
- The bright orange receptacles are located in six buildings across campus. Locations were selected based on food service activities in the buildings.
- Criss Library
- Health & Kinesiology Building
- Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
- Milo Bail Student Center (2 locations)
- Mammel Hall
- Peter Kiewit Institute
- Offices and departments can request from the Office of Sustainability a supply of bags if they are hosting large events or recieving shipments that will produce a large quantity of hard-to-recycle plastics. For more information about the offering, download the Special Request Flyer.
- No collection receptacle near you? Create your own box to collect items and take them to the nearest collection site.
- A printable sign is available for you to clearly label the box in your office.