About Our Program

The recycling program began as a student run initiative in 2000. By 2003, recycling workers extended their service to create a university-wide recycling program, and collected approximately 500 pounds of mixed paper each week. That number increased to 1300 pounds per week in 2006 and 2300 pounds per week by 2007.  Four years ago, only paper and cardboard could be recycled on campus. At that time, a bathroom scale was carried around to measure amounts recycled. Those amounts were then extrapolated to determine total weight. Today, we accomplish the same, by marking  the inside of bins in cubic yards, taking photos of the bins, and estimating the weight (cu. yd). 

Each pound of paper recycled helps reduce the environmental impact of our paper usage. According to the EPA, recycling one ton of mixed paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity.  

UAA's recycle services have been expanded to include plastics, glass, aluminum, and other metal/materials. Cans are weighed using a digital spring and hook scale. Materials are collected, sorted, weighed, and delivered to our local recycle center for processing.

We invite you to join in our efforts, if you haven't already. Check out our list of weekly pick-up sites and start recycling today!

Our Recycling Efforts Continue to Grow

In fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 -- June 30, 2014), the recycling crew picked up over 131 tons of mixed paper, almost 15.5 tons of cardboard, 4,152 pounds of plastics, 1,350 pounds of aluminum, 1,322 pounds of glass, and 454 pounds of metals.  This resulted in a savings of $3,500 for the university. 

We’re happy to share how much we have grown in our efforts, preventing huge amounts of waste from being discarded as trash. There are currently more than 285 recycle bins housed across campus. As shown in the table below, since FY09, we’ve diverted nearly 807,000 pounds of materials from the landfill!

Congratulations and thank you to all of our recyclers on campus!

Materials Diverted from the Landfill in Pounds

  AluminumOther MetalsPlastics Paper Cardboard Batteries Glass Compost Totals 
 FY 2009
 060,000 (combined with cardboard) -- 60,000 
 FY 2012 1495398 3248 209,500 21,398 236,039 
 FY 2013 887255 4178 173,756 22,400 ~300 323 201,799 
 FY 2014 1350454 4152 262,812 30,945 272 1322 8110 309,157