Denison aims to be a Zero Waste campus

Through, recycling, composting, reuse of usable materials and efficient sourcing and purchasing of goods and materials, Denison aims to be a Zero Waste campus. Each year we make great strides forward, but there is always more to be done. Denison has a number of initiatives that help to reduce waste on campus while also benefiting the college and local community.



Denison recycles well over 250 tons of material annually. Our commingled recycling process allows you to put any recyclable material into any labeled bin on campus. We then either sort it on campus in our own on-campus recycling center or we send it to a facility to be sorted out and recycled.

What can be recycled on campus is constantly evolving. The college makes every attempt to identify viable outlets for its waste material. Here’s a snapshot of what can be recycled on campus. For a more comprehensive list, consult the Campus Guide to Recycling & Waste Disposal.

Denison composts in both dining halls on campus, as well as, a few other select locations. We are constantly evaluating ways to expand composting opportunities. While the majority of our edible food leftovers are donated through our Food Recovery Network, we still process nearly 4,000 pounds of food waste each week. That may seem like a lot but, because of our focus on local sourcing and farm-to-fork dining, we generate a lot of food waste associated with the preparation of our food - in short, we don’t use a lot of pre-packaged or processed food.