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Recycling & Waste Reduction

Even more than recycling, waste reduction is the most effective way to reduce the environmental impacts of our material consumption. With the help of USG, campus partners, and student volunteers, the Office of Sustainability has been working to reduce Tulane’s waste and to encourage use of reusable items as a top priority in waste management. For more information on Tulane’s waste reduction programs, ways to reduce your personal waste, and info on how to get involved, visit our Lighten Your Load: Reduce and Reuse page.

Tulane’s uptown and downtown campuses recycle plastic bottles, metal and aluminum cans, paper, paperboard, and cardboard. Procedures for recycling vary slightly between the two campuses. For more information on individual procedures, click the links for each campus.

Tulane’s recycling program is operated though a close collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Services, both part of Campus Services.

The Office of Sustainability is the central point of contact for recycling at Tulane. Our recycling staff handle the collection of recyclable materials on the uptown campus, and we do outreach and planning for recycling university-wide. Our student interns answer questions about recycling, lead recycling promotions and special events, and research and help develop new programs. Facilities Services staff are an essential part of the recycling program at Tulane. Custodians and grounds staff do most of the collection of recyclables from bins in and around campus buildings. Support services assists handles recycling of electronics downtown and recycling from large moves.

Avid recyclers and friends of recycling from across the university help throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for pictures and updates.