Recycling & Waste
Denison has a long legacy of recycling. Started in 1984, the Denison University Recycling Program is still active on campus and works to promote recycling and waste reduction. Around campus, recycling receptacles are available in the campus commons, academic buildings, and behind dormitories.
In 2004, Denison opened the Denison University and Granville Community Recycling Center located on Pearl St. across from the Physical Plant.
What Can Be Recycled at Denison
Starting in 2013 Recyclables are now collected as comingled - this means that all recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastics #1 - #7, aluminum, metal cans, and glass bottles) can be placed in any campus recycling bin regardless of whether it has a WET or DRY label.
In addition, Denison recycles rechargeable batteries, cds, dvds, cell phones, and chargers in a variety of locations around campus. E-waste recycling is brought to you through a partnership with Ohio Drop Off. Larger electronics can only be collected at the Denison Recycling Center.
What can be recycled in a campus recycling bin?
Plastic: All plastic bottles #1-7. Labels and caps do not need to be removed. Please rinse all containers
Glass: Clear, brown, green and blue glass bottles and jars in which food and beverage products are packaged. Labels do not need to be removed. Please rinse all containers
Paper: Newspaper with ad slicks, magazines, phone books, brown grocery bags, frozen food boxes, “junk” mail, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, and office paper.
Carton Containers: Gable-top containers and/or paperboard containers containing items such as milk, juice, fabric softener, egg substitute, soup, stock, and broth. Please rinse all container
Metals: Aluminum beverage cans, steel and tin cans, aluminum foil, and empty aerosol cans. Labels do not need to be removed. Please rinse all containers.
Plastic: containers that DO NOT have a bottle neck or a base larger than the top. For example, yogurt cups, butter tubs, drinking cups, disposable storage containers, toys, plastic bags, plastic films and bubble wrap
Glass: Ceramics, window or drinking glass, light bulbs and any other glass not in the shape of a bottle or jar
Paper: Cups, plates, egg cartons, tissues, etc.
Polystyrene foam or “Styrofoam”: Egg cartons, plates, cups, etc.
Drink Pouches: Made of or lined with foil and plastic
Metals: Coat hangers, steel scraps and any other metal not in the shape of a container
Additional information about recycling practices:
Annually, Denison participates in the national RecycleMania competition. Hundreds of colleges participate annually in the 10 week competition. The goal of Recyclemania is to increase awareness and inspire students to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices. As part of the 2013 competition, students participated in a trash sort to remove recyclable items from one day's trash that were incorrectly thrown away and then displayed them in the student union.
Denison was ranked 43rd nationally with a recycled material amount of 25.00lbs/person and a total of 72,435lbs campus wide.
Denison Office Supply Exchange
Every year Denison faculty and staff take part in an office supply exchange or “freecycle” where office supplies that are no longer needed in one office or department are exchanged with another office. Items exchanged range from pens, pencils and folders to printer cartridges and desk organizers. By taking part in the exchange, offices are able to save resources and reduce department purchasing for items that are already in stock on campus.
Denison Surplus Sale
Each year the Purchasing Office at Denison conducts a surplus sale of used items that the college no longer needs nor intends to use. These items generally include: file cabinets, desks, tables, chairs, bed frames, mattresses, and various other dorm and office materials. Items can be purchased by Denison employees and non-profit organizations that service the local community. The goal of the sale is not necessarily to generate funds, but rather to ensure that usable items are not thrown into the trash or kept in storage until they become too old to be of value. The surplus sale is one of many ways that Denison works towards reducing its waste and impact on the environment.
In an effort to reduce waste and encourage recycling and the reuse of discarded or unwanted items, Denison's Facilities Department organizes two annual events - Operation Move-In and Operation Move-Out.
Operation Move-In occurs in the beginning of the academic year. As students move into their residence halls, they often have extra boxes and bins. Facilities designates areas behind each residence hall to collect these items and and any unwanted items so that they can be donated to charity or recycled.
Operation Move-Out occurs annually at the end of the academic year. Collection tables are placed in every dorm for discarded items that are still usable. Starting on the last day of classes, students can deposit their items in the designated location. Facilities staff and various student volunteers collect the items and bring them to a central storage area on campus. Once collection is complete, local service agencies come and pick up the collected items. This year over 20 organizations came to take items.
DOWS Book Sale
Every year, right before spring break, DOWS holds a sale in Slayter Union. Books, videos, and DVDs are sold to students, faculty and staff. All of these items come from campus donations. The DOWS book sale is a great way to pick up a spring break read and to promote the reuse of materials, lowering the amount of good reads that get thrown away.