Stetson University Recycling Program
BE SMART. REDUCE WHAT YOU CONSUME!
Never before in the history of Stetson University has so much emphasis been put on environmental stewardship. Perhaps the most visible manifestation of this commitment is our vibrant, campus-wide recycling program led by Recycling Coordinator Donna Loftus.
Anyone strolling through campus will be exposed to "Stetson Recycles" signs, recycling update boards, recycling bins and 100 percent building participation, all of which serve to keep the issue at the forefront of our campus conscience.
The goal of Stetson's recycling program is simple: to divert as much material from the landfill as possible. It is our sincere aspiration to maintain a recycling program that assimilates the desires and interests of the campus community into a system that consistently outperforms the previous year.
Fiscal year end totals for 2012 to 2013.
- Cardboard: 70,762 pounds
- Plastic/PET: 35,320 pounds
- Mixed paper products: 80,420 pounds
- Metal products: 20,380 pounds
- Total: 206,882 pounds
The program continued recycling ink jet and toner cartridges. The cartridges are processed and sold as refurbished, which keeps them out of the landfill. Advantage Cartridge, the Stetson University's partner in ink jet cartridge recycling, issued a certificate to Stetson indicating that it is among the top ten universities in terms of printer cartridge recycling.
100,000 pounds of electronic waste was sent to Southeastern Data for recycling; through a profit sharing program with the vendor, the university raised $772.50 in revenue through this partnership.
The recycling program is in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and has donated items including shelving, used furniture, filing cabinets and used sinks; the items are sold in the organization's thrift store and the profits are used to build homes for families in need in Volusia County.
Finally, the recycling program has partnered with GEL Corp. to recycle pre and post-consumer food waste from the Commons for composting and making organic fertilizer. All steel cans, plastic products and cardboard are also recycled.
- Member of the Stetson GREEN Council
- Member of the Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
- Member of the College and University Recycling Coalition
- Participates in America Recycles Day (a national event which takes place on Nov. 15 annually)
- Partnered with the Habitat for Humanity for the re-use of items
What We Recycle
- Clean plastic with the numbers 1-7 on the bottom
- Clean aluminum cans
- White office paper, cardboard, envelopes, notecards or notebook paper
- All ink jet cartridges with advantage cartridge
- All e-waste (electronics) being recycled with a Certificate of Destruction or being sold for re-use with Southeastern Data
Where to Recycle
Most living spaces, office spaces and common areas have recycling bins. Please use the recycling containers available in the Commons area to collect recyclables. When full, simply deposit the material in an appropriate bin in or around your building. Plastic should be deposited in front of the library, inside the coffee kiosk, on the patio of the Hat Rack, in front of the Hollis Center, inside the Edmunds Center and on the back dock of Sage Hall.
RecycleMania Reports and Results
The recycling program placed first in the nation in the paper category and third in the overall grand championship in the 2011 RecycleMania competition.