Campus Recycling

Welcome to Campus Recycling's website! Campus Recycling develops and maintains a cost effective and efficient waste management program that focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling with trash disposal as a last resort.

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About Campus Recycling

Campus Recycling is responsible for managing a comprehensive waste management system that focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling with disposal as a last resort. Campus Recycling is also actively engaged in outreach activities.

Oregon State University has had some form of recycling on campus since 1970. Beginning as a student volunteer organization that gathered paper from a few buildings on campus, Campus Recycling now employs over 30 students (in conjunction with Surplus Property) and three full time employees who collect from all buildings on campus and process millions pounds of recycling and compost per year (see below for the most up-to-date statistics).

Explore the menu links above and to the right to learn more about our program, services, and outreach activities.

Together Campus Recycling and Surplus Property make up a department called Materials Management, which is joined with Procurement and Contracts under the unit of Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM). PCMM is a unit within Business Affairs.

Campus Waste Statistics

Below are the waste weight and recovery rate estimates from July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016. These results do not include construction and demolition weights and are based on estimates.

Waste Stream FY16 Estimate
Recycled 982.46 tons
Composted 1,342.89 tons
Landfilled 1,734.02 tons
Recovery Rate* 57.3%

*Recovery rate is a calculation of the percent of waste that was recovered (recycling + compost) in proportion to the total amount of waste generated (recycling + compost + landfill).

In comparison, in the 2015 calendar year, the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality estimates that the statewide municipal recovery rate was 46.5% (source) and Benton County's recovery rate was 41.2% (source). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the 2014 calendar year, the national municipal recovery rate was 34.6% (source).

Campus Recycling also estimates that the university reused at least 375 tons of material through the sale of surplus goods and collection of donations from residence halls at the end of the year in FY16, making its estimated recovery rate including reuse 60.9%.

All of these statistics demonstrate that the university is performing well but also has much room to grow in the areas of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting.

Contact Us

Service Request Form

Before contacting us, see if your request can be made more promptly by using our Online Service Request Form for:

  • Emptying bins
  • Requesting new bins
  • Requesting large bins for clean-out projects
  • Picking up confidential materials
  • Picking up special materials

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question, it may be addressed on our FAQ page.

Contact Information

We can be reached via our department email or by contacting one of our staff members directly (see below).

Our Staff

John Deuel

John Deuel
Recycling Program Supervisor

Responds to recycling requests from the campus community, manages recycling collection, and supervises staff who complete recycling routes.

Email
(541) 737-2856
Andrea Norris

Andrea Norris
Marketing & Development Coordinator

Coordinates recycling and surplus events, presentations, digital and print communications, pilot programs, assessment, and long-term planning.

Email
(541) 737-5398
Kyle Reed

Kyle Reed
Student Outreach Assistant

Coordinates department compost requests and assists with presentations, signage, tabling and events.

Email
(541) 737-5398
Shannon Ritz

Shannon Ritz
Student Program Assistant

Assists with programs, research, data collection and evaluation, event staffing and marketing and more.

Email
(541) 737-5398
Marisa Specht

Marisa Specht
Student Program Assistant

Assists with programs, research, data collection and evaluation, event staffing and marketing and more.

Email
(541) 737-5398
Rae DeLay

Rae DeLay
Manager

Manager for Materials Management (Campus Recycling and Surplus Property).

Email
(541) 737-7341

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Recycling FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Pick-Ups and Bins

How can I get my recyclables picked up?
Standard recycle bins for paper and containers (a.k.a. bottles and cans) are serviced once per week or once every-other-week, depending on your building's schedule. Find out when we'll be in your building here. If you have special materials or need additional bins, please use our online service request form to request pick-up. We will fulfill your request the next time we visit your building, or sooner if you indicate on the form that your request is urgent.

When will my building be serviced?
Visit our Locations & Schedule page to see where bins are located and when we visit your building. We service each building either every-other-week or once per week, depending on volume.

Where is the nearest recycle bin?
Campus Recycling has thousands of pickup locations distributed amongst all buildings on campus. To find the location nearest you, check our Locations & Schedule link. Additionally, Campus Recycling has approximately 60 exterior Walkway Recycling containers for use by pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

How can I request additional bins or signage?
To request additional bins, use our online service request form. Select which bin you need and select the "drop off" option in the drop-down menu. Additional signage can be downloaded here or if you would like to receive full color printed versions of any of these signs, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

My recycle bin is overflowing. What should I do?
If your bin must be serviced immediately (i.e. cannot wait until your next service day), please use our online service request form to request pick-up. To prevent future overflow problems, please assist us in determining the reason for the overflow. If your bin is overflowing because you temporarily have additional recycling (e.g. clean-out project), the same online service request form can be used to request larger carts to suit your needs. Other reasons may be that the recycle bin is not on our route, is located in a locked room inaccessible to our crew or that your building needs more capacity. Contact us to discuss options and we'll find a solution together.

I am cleaning out my office, can you pick-up my paper more often?
While in most cases we are not able to pick-up more frequently, we are able to provide temporarily placed larger bins for clean-out projects. We can loan you one or more large carts, drop off extra bags, or, if none of these options work for you, we can do a special pickup. Please use our online service request form to request additional bins or a pickup.

Where can I get a compost bin?
To request composting for your department, use our online request form.

Questions about Recycling

Do you recycle ____?
To see a full list of everything that can be recycled at OSU instructions on how to do so, please visit our Recycle Guide main page.

What plastic is recyclable?
On campus, we recycle four shapes of rigid plastic: Bottles, Tubs, Jugs, and Jars. These items should all be placed in any Containers recycling bin. Please visit our Container Recycling Guide and/or watch this video for further details on what plastic is recyclable.

What does the triangle on plastic items mean?
The triangle on plastic shows what type of plastic resin the item is made of. This DOES NOT determine whether the item is recyclable or not. Please use the shape of the plastic to determine if it is able to be recycled. Please visit our Container Recycling Guide and/or watch this video for further details on what plastic is recyclable.

How do I recycle Styrofoam?
We accept packaging peanuts to be reused (box/bag them, write "recycle" & place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin). We are able to collect other Styrofoam (blocks, sheets, etc.) in some cases; please view this video and/or contact us to discuss options.

Where do I take cardboard for recycling and how can I dispose of pizza boxes?
Around campus, flattened corrugated cardboard is recycled in cardboard cages, outside your building, typically next to your trash dumpster(s). Please remove all contents and plastic. See more about cardboard recycling here and in this video. EMPTY pizza boxes are only OK if not contaminated with food. Small amounts of oil are OK. Portions of cardboard saturated with oil may be torn off from the rest and either composted or trashed.

How do I recycle my batteries?
Based on EPA and DEQ guidelines, batteries require special handling as a potential hazardous waste, and therefore are collected by Environmental Health and Safety, not Campus Recycling. Battery collection bins are located across campus, including in the Valley Library (near JavaII, at the bottom of the staircase), as well as UHDS service centers (McNary, Arnold and Marketplace West).

If you have a large quantity, box/bag them and request pickup using the EHS online hazardous waste pickup request form. For more information, please contact Pete Schoonover via email or call 737-3127.

I need to recycle confidential material, what do I do?
Campus Recycling can collect and destroy confidential materials; consult our Confidential Materials Destruction page for more info.

Do we compost at OSU?
Yes! Campus Recycling offers options to departments, which can be viewed on our Department Compost page. To request composting for your department, use our online request form.

In addition, many dining facilities on campus compost kitchen prep scraps and leftovers. Select residence halls also have composting options available. If you'd like to know more about why we do not currently offer public area compost bins, view this video.

Why are coffee cups not recyclable?
Besides the paper product being contaminated with food residue, there is also a plastic coating on most coffee cups. While there are some special cases for mixed materials being recyclable (see cartons in the containers and commingled recycle guides), the paper is still contaminated and therefore not recyclable. This is also described in this video.

How much is recycled at OSU?
See the most current statistics on how much the university is recycling on our about page.

Why should I recycle?
Learn about why recycling is important and the long history of recycling at OSU on our #BeavsRecycle page.

If you have questions not answered above, please contact us.

Trash Talk Video Series

Campus Recycling accepted your questions in summer and fall of 2015 and now answers them in the videos below.

Trash Talk Videos

What plastics are accepted in recycling bins on campus?

Can foil be recycled?

How should cardboard boxes that contain other materials be recycled?

What types of lids are recyclable?

Why aren't disposable coffee cups recyclable?

Why aren't there more compost bins on campus?

Is Styrofoam recyclable on campus?

Have a question?

We are no longer accepting submissions for Trash Talk, so please contact us directly or visit our FAQ page. Thank you!

Fees and Rates

FY16 Fees
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Exterior Trash/Recycling Collection

Regular Service

Trash Carts or Dumpsters (35 gallon - 6 cu yd): Fee varies based on size of container and number of pick-ups per week. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates for Manual Service.

Monthly Charge $14.57 to $1271.80

On Call Service

Fee varies based on type and size of container, number of pick-ups, and rental period. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates for On Call Service.

Monthly rent $12.75 to $31

Empty charge $10.60 to $81.60

Drop Boxes/Compactors

Fee varies based on type and size of container, number of hauls, tonnage, delivery, relocation, rental period, container cleaning, and environmental fee. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates for Drop Boxes/Compactors.

Current Sample Rates:

  • Delivery $45
  • Monthly rent $95
  • Haul Fee $170
  • Disposal Tonnage Fee $26.55
  • Relocation Fee $50 on site, $100 off site
  • Container Cleaning $77.95
  • Environmental Fee  $7.50

Special Materials

Campus Recycling will coordinate disposal or recycling of special materials such as tires, appliances, asbestos, animal carcasses, or other. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates, Coffin Butte Landfill, or other vendor rates. Please contact us for assistance.

Confidential Materials Destruction

Learn more about our confidential materials destruction program here. Fees are as follows:

  • $0.30/lb for confidential paper destruction
  • Rates vary for Microfiche, Microfilm, Cassette, Reel, or other media destruction. Department will be charged the actual vendor charges plus pickup charges.

Event Recycling Services

Learn more about our event recycling services here.

Fees for Auxiliaries

Auxiliary enterprises are financially self-sustaining units, which include student groups and many OSU departments that sell services or goods. If you don't know if your organization is an auxiliary, click here to see a list of OSU auxiliary enterprises and a more detailed definition. Fees for auxiliary enterprises are as follows:

  • $20 flat base fee plus $5 per waste container (recycling, compost and/or trash)
  • $20 per hour charge if there is contamination to be removed from waste containers

It may be possible to waive the $20 base fee if a group can demonstrate that they can safely transport bins on their own.

For Non-Auxiliaries

This service is free to campus groups that are not auxiliaries.

Student Employment Opportunities

Current Openings

We post openings on this page when they become available. We potentially accept applications throughout the year; if interested in applying, please contact Materials Manager Rae DeLay via email or 541-737-4341.

A general job description for student workers is below.

Operations Job Descriptionstudent employees

Duties

  • Sorting and pricing surplus
  • Recycling route pick-ups with state vehicles
  • Posting products online on eBay and LabX
  • Surplus billing and shipping
  • Other warehouse activities associated with surplus and recycling
  • Loading trucks and lifting
  • Working in a warehouse environment where weather and temperatures can vary
  • Working 10-20 hours per week on weekdays 8 am - 5 pm, with occasional evening and weekend work. Preference may be given to applicants who can work shifts in four-hour blocks. Full time work may be available during breaks and summer term. 

Qualifications

Required:
  • A commitment to recycling.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • Attention to detail and following instructions is important to meet our customer expectations.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, push, pull and move objects weighing up to 50 lbs. and use material handling equipment.
  • Safety is important for all workers.
  • Some of the work may be outside, entering a variety of buildings and driving large vehicles.
  • Requires a lot of standing and moving.
  • Willingness to get dirty and work outside cleaning recycling bins.
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Enrollment in OSU or LBCC for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; if so, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
  • This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; if so, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.
Preferred:
  • Experience driving large vehicles.
  • Moving equipment with hand truck, pallet jacks and dollies.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

For More Information

Follow links above under Current Openings (if applicable) to apply. For questions, please contact Materials Manager Rae DeLay via email or 541-737-4341.

Services

emptying a recycle binCampus Recycling offers the following services; click each to learn more.

Additional details about services can also be found on our FAQ page.

2015 Department Survey Results

See departmental satisfaction survey results and the changes we plan to makeThank you to our customers who completed a departmental staff satisfaction survey in February and March of 2015. We appreciate your feedback and are taking it into account to set goals for the future. See a summary of the survey results and the changes we plan to make.

Our next staff survey will be in 2017.

Service Requests

Click to go to our online service request form

Use our Service Request Form for:

  • Emptying bins
  • Requesting new bins
  • Requesting large bins for clean-out projects
  • Picking up special materials

Use our Event Recycling Form for requesting recycling/compost bins for an event.

Use our Department Compost Request form to set-up compost collection in your building.

Event Recycling Request

Thank you for helping OSU divert waste and meet its sustainability goals by collecting recyclable and compostable material at your event! Please submit this form at least two weeks in advance.

Fees (Auxiliaries Only)

Event recycling services are free to campus groups that are not auxiliaries and instead receive Education & General (E&G) funds.

As of July 1, 2015, auxiliaries are assessed the fees detailed below.

Don't know if you're an auxiliary enterprise? Auxiliary enterprises are financially self-sustaining units, which include student groups and many OSU departments that sell services or goods. If you don't know if your organization is an auxiliary, click here to see a list of OSU auxiliary enterprises and a more detailed definition. Fees for auxiliary enterprises are as follows:

  • $20 flat base fee plus $5 per waste container (recycling, compost and/or trash)
  • $20 per hour charge if there is contamination to be removed from waste containers

Fees are collected to cover the cost of labor, fuel and waste disposal. To keep costs low, customers are encouraged to minimize contamination through product selection, staffing, etc. Our staff are happy to provide advice on how to accomplish this. Additionally, if a group can demonstrate that they can safely transport bins on their own, it may be possible to waive the $20 base fee (other fees would remain the same).

Contact Information
See top of form for a definition of auxiliary enterprises.
Fees are outlined at the top of this form.
Event Information
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Composting

Photo of food scrapsOSU composts food waste in a variety of ways on campus, including in dining centers and cafes, special events, some res. halls, office break rooms, and more. OSU also composts large quantities of landscape debris, animal bedding and scrap wood.

Click the following links to learn more about each.

For questions, please contact us.

OSU Compost Policy

OSU Materials Management Policy for Changes to Compost Materials Collection

To be in effect January 1, 2017

Background

For approximately the past two years, OSU has developed a composting collection program that includes the material referred to as “PLA” which stands for poly lactic acid based plastics. Many of OSU’s student, faculty and staff have come to consider food utensils and cups that are produced using this technology as acceptable in the composting stream and have sorted these as compost at special events, and certain facilities on campus where separate compost collection has been established.

In a letter sent from OSU’s current compost hauler and processor, Republic Services in July 2016, the acceptance of non-fiber based materials, including PLA produced products, will no longer be accepted as part of their collection policy.  These changes will be enforced through potential penalties to OSU and those it services for compost collection, including being charged disposal fees for loads of compost materials that don’t meet Republic’s new standards. These new acceptance standards will go into effect on January 1, 2017.

Policy Change

To comply with this policy, effective January 1, 2017, OSU Campus Recycling will no longer accept non-fiber based materials, including products containing PLA, in the current compost program. It is recognized that this policy has a significant impact on current operations where the sale of food is involved, particularly dining halls, contracted food vendors, and catered events, both by OSU Catering and outside vendors. Campus Recycling will work closely with all food managers and their staff to help transition toward eliminating, and at least significantly reducing the disposal of these materials in compost collection containers. As this may affect our various operations differently, and having gained helpful feedback about how to move forward with our compost policy and procedures, we have developed the below profiles.

Dining Halls

All Campus Dining Halls will move to “back of house” only separation of food leftovers from consumer sales. All staff will be trained to separate out any plastic or non-fiber based cutlery or plastic cups. Pre-sorting by consumers at the point of disposal is not encouraged unless there are monitors guiding consumers at compost disposal locations.

Catered Events

All event planners are encouraged to use low packaging or ”zero” waste guidelines to plan menus for outdoor and indoor events. Events that involve distribution of compostable packaging that fulfill the new Republic policy requirements as “Fiber Based”* ONLY, will be provided compost collection bins and carts by Campus Recycling. Any events involving both acceptable and non-acceptable packaging (see below) for composting must provide recycling station monitors. Monitors are responsible for instructing consumers on which materials are acceptable for composting, recycling and trash/landfill.

OSU Food Vendors Contracted by OSU

OSU Contract Managers are encouraged to review the current contract requirements for all vendors that are selling or distributing food on the OSU Campus. As soon as possible, contracts should stipulate the requirements of this policy as part of the vendor’s terms for successfully fulfilling the contract. Current vendors that have adopted the use of all acceptable fiber based packaging materials will be encouraged to participate in OSU’s composting collection program. Vendors that are not complying with this policy will not have compost collected after January 1, 2017. 

Public Area Composting

Areas of Campus such as Valley Library and North Porch Café that host and manage compost collection in public spaces will no longer accept serving ware of any type in their compost. Building occupants and visitors should be directed to place these items in the trash bins. All signage and bins should be modified to reflect this change no later than January 1, 2017. Building representatives that manage these collections will be required to receive training from Campus Recycling in order to continue providing for public area compost collection. Contact us to learn about training opportunities.

Other Managers or designated staff of event venues such as the Memorial Union, LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center that provide ongoing public area compost collection will also be required to modify their collection and receive training.

Campuswide Compost Acceptance Guidelines

Acceptable Organic Materials
  • Yard Debris
  • Pre and Post Consumer Food Waste
  • Wood Waste
  • Pre-Approved Fiber Based Compostable Service Ware*

*Compostable Service Ware: Fiber Based Compostable service ware (including cups, plates, knives, forks, spoons, etc) are approved for commercial customers only. Fiber Based Compostable service ware needs to be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). A list of BPI certified products and distributors can be found at www.bpiworld.org. Commercial customers will submit a list of products in use to their account manager one month prior to submitting materials for processing. Customers will be notified if products in their waste stream are incompatible with the PRC normal operational procedures and will be asked to exclude those products within 30 days of notification.

A list of pre-approved service ware is available here and is currently under development (more will be added).

Non-Accepted Materials
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Wax Coated Paper (including waxed cardboard)
  • Painted or Treated Wood
  • Wood with Laminates, Glues, or Resins
  • Street Sweepings (or leaves collected off of the curb)
  • Non-Food Industrial Waste
  • Non-Approved Compostable Products*

For More Information

Contact John Deuel via email or 541-737-2856.

Composting in Departments

Campus Recycling works with departments and buildings on the Corvallis campus to compost organic waste. Below is a list of your options; please review them and then contact us to make arrangements for what will work best for you and your department.

Departmental Compost Options

Collection Route

Collect your organic waste in your break room and dump it into an outdoor compost cart that we service. This option is great for those who are in larger departments and are willing to engage their department/building occupants to participate.

90-gallon roll cart for composting2-gallon bucket for compost6-gallon bucket for compost

We provide:

  1. An outdoor compost bin or cart (which we service once per week)
  2. A lidded bucket you use indoors and empty into the outdoor cart (which the department will be responsible for washing and emptying)
  3. Instructional sign(s)

Your department may choose between a 2-gallon pail with a flip-top lid, and a 6-gallon bucket with a screw-on lid. We will provide you with a 6-gallon bucket for outdoor use; if this capacity is insufficient, contact us and we will switch it out with a 90-gallon roll-cart.

You provide:

  1. Help communicating with and engaging your department/building so the bin is utilized (via emailing, signage, presentations, word-of-mouth, etc) 
  2. A designated person to maintain the indoor bucket (empty about 2 times per week, wash container periodically)

What is accepted: All food waste (including animal products), fibers (napkins, coffee filters, paper towels, pizza boxes, etc), and (labeled as such)compostable serving ware 

Worms Bins

worm bin

Use red wigglers to break down your waste. This option is great for those who would like to manage their own composting and want the finished compost.

We provide:

  1. A ready-to-go worm bin with sign(s)
  2. Additional bedding (shredded paper) if/when needed 
  3. A care guide and answers to your questions

You provide: A designated person to maintain the bin (bury food, add bedding, harvest)

What is accepted: Non-animal food waste (no meat/dairy/eggs), paper napkins, paper towels, cardboard

Contact

Your question may already be answered on our FAQ page.

To Sign-Up:

Fill out our department compost request form.

For More Information:

Kyle Reed, Student Outreach Assistant
541-737-5398

Department Compost Request

Please enter your first and last name.
Please enter your OSU phone number.
Please provide the name(s) of the departments who will be using the compost bin.
Select the option you would like for your department.
Please provide the building and room number where you would like the bin located.
We can provide informational, instructional wall signage that you can hang above your bin.
Include any additional comments or notes, if needed.
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Department Compost FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Which option is right for me?

  • Worm bins are great for those who want the finished compost and are interested in managing their own composting.
  • The collection route is great for those who are in larger departments and are willing to engage their department/building occupants to participate.

Will my compost bin start to smell and attract pests?

We believe that by removing your food waste from open trash cans and instead containing it in a lidded bin, you are less likely to encourage smells and attract pests. Secondly, if you are using a worm bin, you control how often your compost is emptied, whereas you typically cannot control how often your trash is removed.

If you are on our collection route, we provide a large cart just outside your building (much like your yard debris cart at home), along with small bins to use inside your department. That way, your indoor bin could be taken out by you however often you would like (and we would service the outdoor cart once a week).

What exactly is a worm bin?

Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earthy-smelling soil conditioner. We will provide the bin for you,  which will be filled with bedding and some worms. Then you put your food scraps inside the bedding and the worms will process it. The advantage of worm composting is that you can keep the worm castings, which is one of the best and cheapest soil amendments for your garden. Also, if taken care of properly, worm bins won’t smell or attract pests. We will provide a list with tips and tricks to maintain a healthy worm bin.

Where will my compost go?

  • If you use a worm bin, the finished compost can be used however you would like.
  • If you are on our collection route, your material will be processed at our the Pacific Region Compost Facility, located about 11 miles north of Corvallis. There it will be mixed with yard debris and wood waste and made into a product that can be purchased by local farms and nurserys as well as private individuals.

Why should we compost in our department?

Composting is a topic of growing interest throughout the country for several reasons. The landfills around the country are starting to fill up and become more and more expensive. Composting is a cheap alternative for you and healthy for the environment. Compost your office’s food scraps instead of sending them to the landfill. You'll help to make OSU a better place to live.

What departments are already composting?

  • Adams Hall - University Marketing
  • Agricultural Life Sciences Hall - Horticulture
  • Ballard Hall - Agriculture & Resource Economics
  • Cordley Hall - Botany & Plant Pathology, Integrated Plant Protection Center
  • Covell Hall - Pre-college Programs
  • Forest Science Research Lab - College of Forestry
  • Furman Hall - College of Education
  • Gilmore Hall - Bio and Eco Engineering
  • Gladys Valley Center - SMILE program
  • Hallie Ford Center
  • Hovland Hall - Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Kerr Admin. Bld. - Graduate School, EESC, Office of the Regristar
  • MilamHall - Nutrition
  • Native American Longhouse (Eena Haws)
  • Oak Creek Building - Sustainability Office
  • Plageman Hall - Student Health Services
  • Pride Center
  • Property Services Building - Business Services
  • Richardson Hall - College of Forestry
  • Snell Hall - ASOSU & Center for Civic Engagement
  • Strand Agricultural Hall - Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
  • The Valley Library
  • Waldo Hall - Academic Success Center & Ombuds
  • Weniger Hall - Biology Greenhouses
  • Wilkinson Hall - CEOAS
  • Women's Center

Return to the main Composting in Departments page

Confidential Shredding

What are Confidential Records?

Confidential materials are records that contain confidential information elements such as social security numbers, home addresses, and other personal privacy information.

If university records contain confidential information, their removal from the office and their destruction must receive special care. OAR 166-30-060(2) stipulates that "Records which are confidential by law . . . must be destroyed by shredding, pulping, or incineration."

How to Dispose of Your Confidential Records

shredded paper

In order to make the destruction of confidential records both convenient and reliable, the Oregon State University Campus Recycling Program provides services for departments needing to destroy paper records or microforms, which contain information that may be confidential.

Current fee: $0.30 per pound

You can collect your confidential materials in one of two ways: pack it into boxes or request a cart to remain in your office.

Using Boxes (One-Time Collection):

Pack into a photocopy paper box, a box with a lid the size of a photocopy paper box or a records storage/pulping box, which can be purchased from office supply companies or bought used from Campus Recycling for $0.50 each. Because the boxes will be reused, please apply no or little tape to them. Please do not overfill the boxes or use oversized boxes.

Each box should be labeled with the following information:

  • "TO BE SHREDDED"
  • Office name
  • Name and telephone number of a contact person
  • Index to be charged

Request boxes or a pickup using our Online Service Request Form.

Using Roll Carts (For Continuous Collection):confidential cart

For offices that continuously generate confidential material, Campus Recycling also has locking 30 gallon roll carts available to place in department offices. These are not serviced on a regular schedule like your other recycling; rather they are serviced when you notify us they are full. Use our Online Service Request Form to request a bin or pickup.

For More Information:

If you have questions about the OSU confidential records destruction program, please contact us.

Trash Disposal

Much of the solid waste generated at OSU is recyclable and should be placed in proper receptacles. This includes specific Containers and all PaperCardboard and Special Recyclables.

While we focus on waste reduction, particularly reuse and recycling, there will always be some items that must be send to the landfill as trash.

Exterior dumpsters are serviced by Campus Recycling on a weekly basis. Pick-up times vary; view the schedule to see when your building is serviced. Note that we do not service trash containers inside of buildings, which are handled by Facilities Services.

Service fees may apply. 

Not Accepted in the Trash

Along with recyclable items, there are other materials that can not be placed in the trash. This includes:

Any property owned by the university; departments must go through Surplus Property to dispose any OSU owned property and equipment.

Material that is considered hazardous by Coffun Butte Landfil or Environmental Health and Safety. Contact EHS for proper disposal. Examples include:

  • Fluorescent or HID tubes
  • Any Flammable, corrosive, or reactive wastes
  • Free liquid (more than 25 gallons per load)
  • Whole tires
  • Electrical switches containing arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, or silver
  • All medical, biological, pathological, and pharmaceutical wastes and sharps
  • Petroleum contaminated material including soil, asphalt, concrete, and wood waste
  • Toxic wastes (by TCLP test)
  • Used motor oil
  • Large metal-jacketed appliances
  • Electrical transformers, ballasts capacitors, or pumps containing PCB liquids
  • Enclosed containers that have not been triple-rinsed, crushed, or cut open
  • Asbestos (without prior approval and appointment)

Questions about odd or unusual items? Please contact us.

"All in the Hall" Program

All in the Hall graphic

About the Program

ALL IN THE HALL is a program started by Campus Recycling to increase the recycling rate at OSU. A pilot program took place in spring term 2014 in Cordley, Gilbert, Gilfillan Auditorium and Weniger (results are shown below). The program has since been expanded to also include Austin, Covell, Wiegand, Withycombe, Cascade, Strand, Milam Auditorium, and the LInC.

The goal of ALL IN THE HALL is to increase recycling by providing equal opportunity to recycle or landfill waste. To achieve this, recycling must always be paired with trash, and because placing a recycling bin in every classroom isn't feasible, trash cans are removed from classrooms and replaced with convenient, centralized waste receptacles that are then all in the hall.

This program is coordinated by Campus Recycling in partnership with Facilities Services and GCA Services, with additional support from our Fire Marshall and Capital Planning and Development.

Spring 2014 Pilot Program Results

The recycling rate increased during the pilot.Campus Recycling audited waste from the hallway units in Cordley, Gilbert, Gilfillan Auditorium and Weniger throughout the course of the spring term in order to assess the effectiveness of the model. An average recycling rate of 29.4% was found across the four buildings, with a slight increase shown once additional signage was added (see graph on right).

The amount of recycling found in the trash decreased from the previous year.Alongside this, the amount of recyclables found in trash decreased substantially from the previous year, from a range of 32-59%, down to an average of 1.5% (see figure on left).

Read the full report for more information and results.

For More Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
(541) 737-5398

Resources

recycle binsBelow is a list of resources to assist you with recycling:

OSU Recycle Guide

Recycling Around Campus

Recycle guide for Containers          Recycle guide for Paper          Recycle guide for Cardboard          Recycle guide for Special Recyclables

Recycling In Residence Halls

Recycle guide for Commingled Recycling          Recycle guide for Glass          Recycle guide for Cardboard

All Recyclables

Guide for All Recyclables

Tip: Find out where the nearest recycle bins are or download instructional wall signs.

Tip: Campus Recycling can provide recycling bins for your campus event. Click here for more information.

Recycling Around Campus

Around campus (offices, hallways, outdoor bins, dining areas, etc.), recycling is sorted into the following categories. Click to read more detail about each. 

Recycle guide for Containers          Recycle guide for Paper          Recycle guide for Cardboard          Recycle guide for Special Recyclables

Tip: Find out where the nearest recycle bins are or download instructional wall signs.

If you are in a department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page..

Containers (Plastic, Metal, Glass, Cartons)

How To Recycle It at OSU

instructional graphic for container recycling

Item

What to do:

Cartons (e.g. for milk or broth)

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions:
Cut open & rinse, place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, ice cream containers or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Glass 

  • Bottles
  • Jars

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled (in the same bin, but separated from the glass container); smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, glass or ceramic dishes, labware or window glass, please.

Metal 

  • Cans
  • Foil
  • Lids
  • Mint tins
  • Aerosol

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Loosely ball up foil (learn more about foil recycling this video). Empty aerosol cans acceptable if contained non-hazardous material. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled; smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, please.

Plastic 

  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Jugs
  • Jars

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions: Learn more about what plastics are recyclable in this video. Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Only flip-off lids on tubs are recyclable; all screw-on plastic lids are trash (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, plastic bags or wrap, plastic to-go containers, coffee cups, plates, flatware, please.

Container recycling signDownload the wall sign for container recycling

If you work for an OSU department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Paper

How To Recycle It at OSU

instructional graphic for paper recycling

Type

Examples

How to Recycle

Paper
  • Computer paper of any color
  • Envelopes with windows and paper folders
  • Barometer and other newspapers
  • Glossy paper magazines, ad inserts, etc.
  • Paperboard (heavy, non-corrugated paper such as cereal boxes)
  • Whole books and bound notebooks (NO binders)
  • Brown bags
  • Butcher paper
  • White/gray/brown paper packing material
  • Paper egg cartons

Instructions: Place in the nearest bagstand. Staples, paperclips, and small amounts of tape are acceptable. Books do not need to be altered and spirals can stay on notebooks.

Please contain shredded paper in a paper bag or box, mark 'recycle', and place next to the bagstand.

NOT in this bin: Place cardboard in outdoor cardboard cages and milk cartons in with cans and bottles.

NOT recyclable: coffee/soda paper cups (learn why in this video), napkins, paper towels, paper plates

Confidential Papers
  • Papers with confidential/sensitive information

Instructions: Place in nearest confidential cart if you have one, or pack in box, mark 'to be shredded', and request pickup.

Fees apply. Read more on our Confidential Records page.

Paper recycling signDownload the wall sign for paper recycling

If you work for an OSU department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Cardboard

How To Recycle It at OSU

instructional graphic for cardboard recycling

Examples

How to Recycle

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • EMPTY pizza boxes are only OK if not contaminated with food. Small amounts of oil are OK. Portions of cardboard saturated with oil may be torn off from the rest and either composted or trashed.

Instructions: Empty all contents, flatten and place in nearest marked cardboard container (outside your building, typically next to your trash dumpster(s)). Learn more about cardboard box recycling in this video.

Do NOT place in paper bagstands.

NOT in this bin: paperboard or other paper products that are not corrugated.

NOT recyclable: Cardboard with food on it (i.e. pizza boxes (see exceptions left)).

Cardboard recycling signDownload the wall sign for cardboard recycling

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Special Recyclables

How To Recycle It at OSU

These items cannot go in standard recycle bins, but can be recycled if collected separately. Please read the instructions for each item on how to recycle it. This guide applies to OSU-generated materials only; we are not able to accept from the public.

Graphic of special recyclables

Item(s) How to Recycle
Batteries

Classified as hazardous waste, batteries are recycled by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), not Campus Recycling.

Place in nearest battery recycling bin (Valley Library or UHDS service center) or request pickup using EHS's online hazardous waste pickup request form.

Compost

Please see our Department Compost page for the options we currently offer.

Confidential Materials Please see our Confidential Records Destruction page.
Electronic Media (CDs, floppy disks, cassettes, VHS tapes & their cases) Collect in a box, mark “recycle”, and place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin (our crew will pick it up the next time they’re servicing your building).
Electronics

All e-waste, working or not, should be sent to Surplus Property via a Surplus Pick-up Request. Electronics are either resold or recycled, depending on their condition. Please see our E-Waste page for more information.

Ink/Toner Cartridges

Collect in a box, mark “recycle”, and place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin (our crew will pick it up the next time they’re servicing your building).

Packing Peanuts

We may be able to collect these hard-to-recycle plastics if they are sorted out separately. Please contact us to discuss options.

Scrap Metal & Wood

Request pick-up using our online request form or call at 7-2925. If you need a dumpster or bin to collect this material, please call to make arrangements.

Special Plastics (hard or film plastics not accepted in commingle) We may be able to collect these hard-to-recycle plastics if they are sorted out separately. Please contact us to discuss options.
Styrofoam

We are able to collect and recycle Styrofoam packing material (blocks and sheets) from OSU departments if it is separated into a bag or bin. Learn more in this video and/or contact us to discuss options.

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Recycling in Residence Halls

In residence halls, recycling is sorted into the following categories. Click to read more detail about each. 

Recycle guide for Commingled Recycling          Recycle guide for Glass          Recycle guide for Cardboard

TipDownload instructional wall signs here.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page.

Commingled Recycling

How to Recycle It in Residence Halls

instructional graphic for commingled recycling

Item

What to do:

Cartons (e.g. for milk or broth)

Bin: Commingled Bins
Instructions: Cut open & rinse, place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, ice cream containers or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Metal 

  • Cans
  • Foil
  • Lids
  • Mint tins
  • Aerosol

Bin: Commingled Bins
Instructions: 
Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Loosely ball up foil (learn more about foil recycling this video). Empty aerosol cans acceptable if contained non-hazardous material. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled; smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, please.

Paper
  • Computer paper (all colors)
  • Envelopes, folders
  • Newspaper, magazines
  • Paperboard (heavy paper is not corrugated)
  • Brown paper bags, packing paper
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Books, notebooks

Bin: Commingled Bin
Instructions: Place in the nearest bagstand. Staples, paperclips, & small amounts of tape are acceptable. Remove binding and covers from books and notebooks. Do NOT place paper in cardboard cages, please. Put shredded paper in a paper bag to keep it contained. NO napkins, paper towels, paper plates or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Plastic 

  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Jugs
  • Jars

Bin: Commingled Bins
Instructions: Learn more about what plastics are recyclable in this video. Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Only flip-off lids on tubs are recyclable; all screw-on plastic lids are trash (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, plastic bags or wrap, plastic to-go containers, coffee cups, plates, flatware, please.

Commingled recycling signDownload the wall sign for commingled recycling

Return to Residence Hall Recycle Guide.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page.

Glass Recycling

How to Recycle It in Residence Halls

instructional graphic for glass recycling

Item

What to do:

Glass 

  • Bottles
  • Jars

Bin: Orange Glass Bin
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, glass or ceramic dishes, labware or window glass, please. No metal or plastic lids (some metal lids are recyclable in the commingle cart, see commingle guide for more info).

Glass recycling signDownload the wall sign for glass recycling

Return to Residence Hall Recycle Guide.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page.

Cardboard Recycling

Page redirects to main cardboard recycling page

All Recyclables

Below is a list of all materials that can be collected for recycling on the OSU Corvallis campus. Visit the main recycle guide page for links to specific recycle guides.

If you work for an OSU department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Tip: Find out where the nearest recycle bins are and see photos of each bin.

Item

What to do:

Batteries

Bin: Battery Bucket
Instructions: Place in nearest battery recycling bin (Valley Library or UHDS service center) or request pickup using EHS's online hazardous waste pickup request form.

Cardboard (corrugated)

Bin: Cardboard Cage
Instruction: Flatten & place in nearest marked cardboard container (outside your building); pizza boxes are acceptable only if not contaminated with food; remove packing materials; do NOT place cardboard in bagstands. Learn more about cardboard box recycling in this video.

Cartons (e.g. for milk or broth)

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Commingled Bins (res. halls)
Instructions: Cut open & rinse, place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, ice cream containers or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Compost

Instructions: Please see our Department Compost page for the options we currently offer.

Confidential Materials

Bin: Confidential Cart or Box

Instructions: Place in confidential cart or collect in box, mark "To be Shredded", and use our online service request form to request pickup. Fees apply.See more on our Confidential Shredding page.

Electronic Media 

  • CDs
  • Floppy disks
  • Cassettes
  • VHS tapes & their cases
Instructions: Collect in a box, mark 'recycle' and place next to regularly serviced recycle bin.
E-waste Instructions: Please send all electronic waste, working or not, to Surplus. Read more on the E-Waste page.
Film Plastic & Hard Plastic (plastics not accepted in commingle) Instructions: We may be able to collect these hard-to-recycle plastics if they are sorted out separately. Please contact us to discuss options.

Glass

  • Bottles
  • Jars

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Orange Glass Bin (res. halls)
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, glass or ceramic dishes, labware or window glass, please. Some metal lids from glass containers are recyclable; see the metal section (below) for details.

 

Metal 

  • Cans
  • Foil
  • Lids
  • Mint tins
  • Aerosol
Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Commingled Bins (res. halls)
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Loosely ball up foil (learn more about foil recycling this video). Empty aerosol cans acceptable if contained non-hazardous material. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled; smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, please.
Packaging Peanuts

Instructions: Box/Bag them, mark 'recycle' and place next to a regularly serviced recycling bin. Both plastic and biodegradable peanuts accepted (they are reused, not recycled). For Styrofoam blocks, see below.

Paper
  • Computer paper of any color
  • Envelopes with windows and paper folders
  • Barometer and other newspapers
  • Glossy paper magazines, ad inserts, etc.
  • Paperboard (heavy, non-corrugated paper such as cereal boxes)
  • Whole books and bound notebooks (NO binders)
  • Brown bags
  • Butcher paper
  • White/gray/brown paper packing material
  • Paper egg cartons
Bin: Bagstand (depts.) or Commingled Bin (res. halls)
Instructions: Place in the nearest bin. Staples, paperclips, & small amounts of tape are acceptable. Books do not need to be altered before recycling. Do NOT place paper in cardboard cages. Please put shredded paper in a paper bag to keep it contained. NO napkins, paper towels, paper plates or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Plastic 

  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Jugs
  • Jars
Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Commingled Bins (res. halls)
Instructions: Learn more about what plastics are recyclable in this video. Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Only flip-off lids on tubs are recyclable; all screw-on plastic lids are trash (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, plastic bags or wrap, plastic to-go containers, coffee cups, plates, flatware, please.
Scrap Wood & Metal Instructions: Request pickup using our online service request or call at 7-2925.
Shredded Paper Instructions: Place in a bag or box, mark 'recycle' and place next to your bagstand. In residence halls, contain in a paper bag and place in the commingle bin.
Styrofoam Instructions: We are able to collect and recycle Styrofoam packing material (blocks and sheets) from OSU departments if it is separated into a bag or bin. Learn more in this video and/or contact us to discuss options.
Toner & Ink Cartridges Instructions: Collect in a box, mark 'recycle' and place next to regularly serviced recycle bin.

Schedule and Bin Locations

visit our Recycling Locations & Schedule page

Want to know what types of recycling bins are in your building, where they are located, and on what day they are picked up? Please visit our Locations and Schedule page.

Signage and Documents

Signs and Guides

Below are recycling signs and guides for your office or personal knowledge (note: these apply to OSU's Corvallis campus; check with your local recycling company if you work at a different OSU location). Click the image to download a PDF. If you would like to receive full color printed versions of any of these signs, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

For Around Campus

Container recycling sign          Paper recycling sign          Cardboard recycling sign          Recycle guide for around campus

Want to learn more about how to recycle on campus? Visit the recycle guide page.

For Residence Halls

Commingled recycling sign          Glass recycling sign          Cardboard recycling sign         Recycle guide for residence halls

Want to learn more about how to recycle in residence halls? Visit the residence hall recycle guide page.

Green Event Guide

OSU Green Event Guide          Click to download a PDF of the Green Event Worksheet      

Reports and Case Studies

2012 Corvallis Sustainability Town Hall Model Event Report2012 Corvallis Sustainability Town Hall Model Event Report

2011 da Vinci Days report2011 da Vinci Days Waste Initiative Report

Recycle Bin Options

Requesting Items

The following items are available to all university staff and faculty for use on campus. To request supplies, use our online service request form.

Individual Recycling Supplies

These are bins that individuals are responsible for servicing.

Deskside Bin

Deskside Bins

Small enough to fit by your desk, deskside bins can be used to collect paper recycling in your office and be emptied into larger paper recycling bins when full. Deskside bins are not serviced by our staff.

If you need a deskside recycling bin, please drop by the recycling/surplus warehouse (Property Services Building, 644 SW 13th St.) Mondays - Thursdays 8 am – 5 pm and speak with the warehouse front desk or another warehouse staff member.

If you need more than 5 bins, please contact our Recycling Program Supervisor John Deuel via email or (541) 737-2856.

Departmental Supplies

These are bins that are serviced by Campus Recycling.

For Paper Products

Bagstand

Bagstand

Recyclables accepted:

  • white or color paper
  • newspaper
  • magazines
  • paperboard
  • books (bound or unbound)
  • paperclips, staples, metal spirals, tape, and envelope windows are acceptable
  • NO cardboard please

For Plastic, Metal, and Glass

Slim Jim

Slim Jim

Recyclables accepted:

  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Paper milk cartons
  • Rinse materials first
  • NO labware please
Red Bin

Red Bin

Recyclables accepted: Same as in slim jim (above)

For Confidential Materials

Confidential Bin

Confidential Bin

Recyclables accepted:

Special Note:

  • These 30-gallon bins are locked and serviced only by certified personnel.

For Large Quantities of Recyclables

90 gallon cart

90-Gallon Cart

  • Used for depositing large quantities of paper or plastic/metal/glass
  • Can be provided on a temporary or permanent basis
  • Great for office clean out projects

Office clean out? Use our online service request form to request extra bags or bins.

For full details on what can be recycled on campus, please visit our Recycling Guide.

Event Recycling

Campus Recycling can also provide recycling bins for your on-campus event.

Composting

Campus Recycling also offers a composting program for on-campus departments.

Building Assessment Form

The purpose of the Building Assessment Form is to characterize the waste a building produces by providing a summary of the current state of the building's waste set-up and operations. The results are used by Campus Recycling to maintain more detailed records and to determine if improvements can be made in a building's waste management set-up.

The form will ask you to do a walkthrough of your building to observe recycling bins (see a list of recycle bin locations for each building here), check the fullness of outdoor waste receptacles, and note any issues or ideas you or others in your building have noted regarding waste and recycling.

We will review your submission and follow-up with you within a couple weeks. Note: If you have a recycling-related issue or need that needs to be addressed immediately, please instead submit a service request or contact us.

Building Assessment Form linkClick here to view and/or complete the Building Assessment Form.

For More Information

Contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.

Events and Opportunities

Volunteer staffing a recycle stationThere are many ways to get involved in waste reduction at OSU! Here are links so you can find an option that is right for you:

Want to connect one-on-one? Contact Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator, via email or at 541-737-5398.

Volunteer Opportunities

Who are the Waste Watchers?

Waste Watchers conducting a waste auditWaste Watchers is a joint group between Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative whose mission is to engage students and the community in waste reduction at OSU by providing educational programming, meaningful opportunities for action, and empowerment of future leaders.

You can become a Waste Watcher too by volunteering with us (see opportunities below)! Meet some of our volunteers in this video and see group leaders on our chair positions page.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive 2-4 emails per month with upcoming events and volunteer opportunities to keep you informed about recycling at OSU!

Join Waste Watchers Winter Meetings

  • Thursdays, January 12 - March 16, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • 112 Student Experience Center
  • Want to join a group of students who work on creative ways to encourage others to reduce waste? The Waste Watchers might be the right fit for you. The team plans events and marketing at their weekly meetings (this term we will work on RecycleMania, the Repair Fair, #BeavsRecycle and more). Attendance is not required every week, so come by when you can. Snacks provided. Info about the group at http://tiny.cc/wastewatchers.
  • For more info: Contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398

Come to the Waste Watchers Meet 'n' Eat

  • Wednesday, January 18, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • 112 Student Experience Center
  • Nosh on pizza and meet people who share your interests in sustainability, while learning about our organization and the ways you can get involved to reduce waste at OSU. Join the event on Facebook. Interested but can't make it? Consider dropping by our winter term meetings on Thursdays (see above).
  • For more info: Contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398

Volunteer for the Winter Repair Fair

Join the #BeavsRecycle Committee

  • Meets Fridays (winter term 2017), 3:30-4:30 pm
  • SSI Office, 206A Student Experience Center
  • Help work behind the scenes in planning and carrying out marketing and events for the #BeavsRecycle campaign.
  • For more info: Contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398

For More Information

If you have questions about the Waste Watchers or volunteer opportunities, please contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.

Chair Positions with the Waste Watchers

Waste Watchers team with the RecycleMania trophyIf you are interested in exercising and expanding your leadership abilities, then you might be interested in one of the lead positions offered to Waste Watchers. Read on to find your best fit!

2016-17 Open Positions:

Program Leader

Responsible for serving as the main coordinator of a program or event, or an aspect of either. These roles are typically announced at the beginning of each term; the duties and duration varies. Speak to a Waste Watcher coordinator to learn what is currently available.

Have an idea?

If you are interested in leadership, but would like to focus on a different facet of waste reduction or group dynamics, then talk to us about creating a new position in the Waste Watchers!

How to Sign-Up:

Stop by during one of our weekly meetings and speak with a Waste Watcher coordinator, or email Andrea Norris with information on which role you would like to fill.

2016-17 Leaders:

Emily Skelton

Emily Skelton, Membership Chair

Responsible for maintaining the Waste Watcher database - at minimum of every other week - by tracking meeting attendance, personal information and contact info, and greeting new members who attend meetings after beginning of Fall term.

Callie Limbaugh

Callie Limbaugh, Recruitment Chair

Responsible for recruiting new volunteers to join the team and/or fill specific volunteer needs. This role will bring a recruitment perspective to WW meetings, be provided and/or set recruitment goals to reach each term, and maintain familiarity with general and current involvement opportunities with the group.

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Jean McKnight, Social Chair

Responsible for planning and coordinating funsies (i.e. fun group activities) for the team. Includes planning funsies after most weekly meetings as well as three outside-of-meeting gatherings per term.

Shannon Ritz

Shannon Ritz, Repair Fair Chair

Responsible for taking a lead role in planning Repair Fairs throughout the year, including recruiting repair and support volunteers, determining demos, and coordinating marketing for the event. The Repair Fair Chair may choose to alternate between each of these lead roles, or retain the same role throughout the year. This role will work with WW members and coordinators, and will attend a portion of the coordinator meeting prior to each weekly meeting.

Waste Watcher Coordinators

Kyle Reed ("Reedcycler"), Jasen Phillips ("JPhill") and Andrea Norris ("Dre")

Coordinators Kyle Reed, Jasen Phillips, and Andrea Norris

 Contact the coordinators via email.

Go back to Volunteer page.

#BeavsRecycle

President Ray recycling at his desk#BeavsRecycle is a campaign that celebrates the high rates and long history of recycling at OSU:

  • Corvallis was the first city in Oregon to have curbside recycling.
  • OSU’s recycling program is over 45 years old!
  • In 2015-16, we recycled and composted over 4.5 million pounds.
  • OSU’s recycling rate is 53% higher than the national average, based on 2014 statistics.
  • OSU's mission is to promote "economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world."

The impact we make when we recycle:

  • Conserve natural resources.
  • Save water & energy.
  • Reduce methane emissions.
  • Create jobs.
  • Reduce landfill expenses.
  • Protect natural areas & wildlife.

How can you be involved?

  • So, you’re recycling! Are you doing it right? Make sure here.
  • Know where recycling bins are in your dorm/office. A list of recycling bins by building can be found here.
  • Audit trash from your building to identify areas of improvement for recycling. Contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398 to get started.
  • Request additional recycling bins using our service request form.
  • Request signs by contacting Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.
  • Join the conversation on social media by posting and sharing; see what has already been shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Join the #BeavsRecycle planning committee, which meets weekly. Contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398 for details.

The #BeavsRecycle campaign is coordinated by the student group the Waste Watchers. Learn more about the group here.

 

Beyond Earth Day

Visit the Beyond Earth Day website to learn more.

Master Recycler Class

Quick Links

Description

Republic Services of Corvallis and OSU Campus Recycling sponsor the Master Recycler Class, an eight-week program that covers all aspects of waste reduction.

This non-credit class is free to residents of Linn and Benton County who agree to “pay back” what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of course completion. Volunteer opportunities are as varied as staffing a booth at local events, leading recycling workshops, and volunteering with local reuse agencies. Class space is limited.

2017 Class Schedule

The 2017 class will be held on these dates on the OSU campus:

  • 8 required classes on Tuesday nights, January 10th through February 28th at 6:15-9:00 pm
  • 2 required Saturday field trips (one on January 21st, 9 am - 12:30 pm and one on February 11th, 9 am - 1 pm)
  • 1 optional weekday field trip on Wednesday, February 1st at 8 am - 3 pm

Course materials can be found on the Course Documents page.

Photos from Previous Years

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Master Recyclers at our recycling sorting facility     Master Recyclers tour our landfill

For More Information:

Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

Rachel Snyder, 541-286-3331
Recycling Outreach & Education Coordinator, Republic Services of Corvallis

Master Recycler Class Documents

Syllabus

2017 Class Materials

Please complete readings and reflections prior to each class. Presentations will be posted as they become available.

January 10 - Course Overview and Landfill

January 17 - Composting and Vermicomposting

Saturday, January 21 - Field Trip: Landfill & PRC (Required)

  • Meet at the Corvallis Republic Services main parking lot (view on Google Maps) at 9:00 am. We will be back by 12:30 pm.

January 24 - Waste Reduction and Reuse

January 31 - Recycling: Curbside Collection

Wednesday, February 1 - Field Trip: MRF and Glass to Glass (Optional)

  • Meet at the Corvallis Republic Services main parking lot (view on Google Maps) at 8:00 am. We will be back by 3:00 pm.

February 7 - Recycling: Special Materials

Saturday, February 11 - Field Trip: OSU and First Alternative Co-op Sustainability (Required)

February 14 - Household Hazardous Waste

February 21 - Community Sustainability

February 28 - Pay Back Plans and Potluck

Other

List of questions asked in class (and their answers)

 

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RecycleMania at OSU

RecycleMania logoRecycleMania is a national and civil war recycling competition between universities that runs for eight weeks every winter term.

The 2017 competition spans eight weeks, February 5 - April 1, 2017.

Quick Links:

View RecycleMania results   View RecycleMania calendar   View RecycleMania Hall Competition   Learn more about RecycleMania   View our online recycle guide

Results

2017 Civil War

Weekly results become available by Friday of each week during the competition. UO currently holds the trophy, so this year OSU is fighting to take it back!

RecycleMania Civil War scoreboard. Currently UO is leading 3.22 to 2.31 pounds per person.

View RecycleMania results from previous years.

2017 RecycleMania Hall Challenge

Inter-Hall Challenge logoAbout the Challenge

The annual RecycleMania Hall Challenge started in 2011 and happens in the first three weeks of RecycleMania. It's an opportunity for halls to earn Inter-Hall Challenge points and encourages residents to up their recycling game at the start of RecycleMania, helping OSU compete!

The 2017 competition runs February 6-24. All halls win points in the Inter-Hall Challenge, with the greatest number being awarded to the halls in 1st through 5th place. Rankings are based on total pounds of commingled recycling per person in each hall, which is collected once per week over the three weeks. Commingled recycling includes halls' big orange carts (cardboard, glass and trash are not factored into the results).

Challenge Results

Hall Challenge results graphic for week 2. Halsell is in the lead.

This year Weatherford is defending the 2016 champion title. The 2017 winner receives the title and the most points! Points will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place: 500 points
  • 2nd place: 450 points
  • 3rd place: 400 points
  • 4th place: 350 points
  • 5th place: 300 points
  • Remaining halls: 250 points each

Contact Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
Email
(541) 737-5398

About RecycleMania

RecycleMania is an annual 8-week competition for U.S. college and university recycling programs to see who can recycle the most! OSU competes for the largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables and highest recycling rate (percent of the waste stream that is recycled). Campus Recycling weighs and measures all trash, recycling, and compost from on campus and reports it weekly during the competition. OSU has been competing since 2005. For more information on the national competition, visit the official RecycleMania website.

The results page will be updated weekly during the competition to show OSU's stats and rankings against other schools. View the results from 2010-2016.

trophyAbout the RecycleMania Civil War

In 2010, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon created our own RecycleMania Civil War competition. The competition is to see which university can produce the highest per capita weight for recycling and compost combined. A UO student created a trophy out of all reused materials, which is passed between schools depending on who wins each year.

OSU won for the first three years until UO beat us for the first time in 2013 and again in 2014. OSU won the trophy back in 2015 but UO reclaimed it in the 2016 competition.

To see the detailed results of this year's competition, check out the results page.

For More Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
(541) 737-5398

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RecycleMania Calendar

The 2017 competition spans eight weeks, February 5 - April 1. More events and details will be added soon. View the results here.

2017 Calendar

For More Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
Email
(541) 737-5398

Past Recyclemania Results

2016 Results

The winner of the 2016 RecycleMania Civil War competition was the University of Oregon. The competition was close, as we continuously narrowed the gap from weeks 5 through 8, but UO has reclaimed the trophy after we won it back from them last year. This is UO's 3rd win. OSU won in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015; UO won in 2013, 2014, and 2016.

The final RecycleMania Civil War score was 10.9 to 11.3, with UO taking back the trophy.

In total, Beavers recycled 235,893 lbs and composted 60,075 during the 8-week competition. As with previous years, total composting and per capita pounds of composting increased (from 55,006 lbs and 2.038 per person in 2015, to 60,075 lbs and 2.209 per person this year). However, per capita recycling diverted and recycling rate were slightly down. The amount of trash remained roughly the same.

OSU narrowed the gap over the final 4 weeks of the competition.

 

2010-2015 Competition Results

Weights

  • In the 2010 competition, OSU recycled 374,864 lbs and composted 19,145 lbs!
  • In 2011, OSU recycled and composted 484,449 lbs! Additionally, OSU collected 5,109 lbs of e-waste and 55 cubic yards (9 standard dumpsters or 11,108 gallons) of Styrofoam during collection events.
  • During 2012, OSU recycled 477,101 lbs and composted 60,408 lbs! OSU collected 49,025 lbs. of electronic waste, ranking it 5th in the country. OSU also ranked #1 out of the 9 Oregon universities who competed in the Per Capita Classic (lbs. of recycling per person) and Gorilla Prize (total lbs. of recycling) categories.
  • In the 10 weeks of the 2013 competition, OSU recycled 353,613 lbs and composted 73,960 lbs!
  • In the 2014 competition, we collected 238,916 lbs of recycling and 44,333 lbs of compost.
  • During the 2015 competition, OSU recycled 265,070 lbs and composted 55,006 lbs.

Civil War Results

OSU won for the first three years until UO beat us for the first time in 2013 and again in 2014. OSU won the trophy back in 2015 but UO reclaimed it in the 2016 competition.

Res. Hall Competition

Res. Hall Competition Winners by year:

  • 2011: McNary
  • 2012: Halsell
  • 2013: Weatherford
  • 2014: Halsell
  • 2015: Halsell
  • 2016: Weatherford

2016 Results

The 2016 competition ran February 8-26. All halls won points in the Inter-Hall Challenge, with the greatest number being awarded to the halls in 1st through 5th place. Rankings are based on total pounds of commingled recycling per person in each hall, which was collected once per week over the three weeks. Commingled recycling includes halls' big orange carts (cardboard, glass and trash were not factored into the results).

Res hall competition final results graph with Weatherford coming in 1st place

Above are the 2016 rankings and below are the Inter-Hall Challenge point allocations. Congrats to all the halls for competing and for collectively contributing recycling weight to the RecycleMania Civil War!

  • 1st place: Weatherford - 500 points
  • 2nd place: Wilson - 450 points
  • 3rd place: Bloss - 400 points
  • 4th place: Halsell - 350 points
  • 5th place: Finley - 300 points
  • Places 6th - 14th: All remaining halls - 250 points each

Repair Fairs

Repair Fairs graphic

About OSU Repair Fairs

Repair Fairs are an event series sponsored by the student group Waste Watchers, a joint group of Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative.

In the 2016-17 academic year, fairs will be hosted once per term (November, February and May). Details vary each time, so stay tuned to this page for information about upcoming fairs.

Why attend a Repair Fair?

  • Save Money: Score free repairs so you don’t have to buy more stuff.
  • Gain Skills: Connect with others to learn new skills or share your own.
  • Reduce Waste: Save your beloved belongings and conserve natural resources.

About the Winter Repair Fair

Clothing repair at a previous Repair Fair

When: Wednesday, February 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St.

Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demos to learn more skills! See list below for what’s on offer this time. Free and open to all.

Repair skills offered:

  • Appliances & Electronics (small items only, please)
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing
  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Housewares (furniture, ceramics, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • Lamps
  • Woodwind instruments
  • And more!

Note: We don’t have spare parts, but will do our best to repair what we can and/or refer you to where you could find the parts you need. If you have parts already, we may be able to help you install them.

Drop-In D.I.Y. Demonstrations:

Demonstrations will be drop-in style - come by anytime in the listed timeframe for a hands-on demo.

  • 5:30-6:30:
    • Scraps to Scrumptious: D.I.Y. Pesto Sauce - Come by and learn how to make your own tasty pesto with food scraps you would usually consider throwing away! (Leader: Members of the Growing Food Security Initiative, Student Sustainability Initiative)
    • Those Darned Socks: Fixing Holes - Everyone gets them, everyone dislikes them, everyone can learn to repair them - holes in your socks. This is your opportunity to end this ongoing struggle! Drop by to see how darning is done, leave with hands-on experience. (Leader: Jeanette Hardison)
  • 6:30-7:30:
    • Winter Wonderland: Foraging Local Plants - Come out and learn how to forage local plants in winter. We will include plant identification tips, example plants, and a demo on making tea from your foraged findings. Use the learned skills to reconnect to nature, save money, and have fun with people around you! (Leader: Shannon, Repair Fair Chair for the Waste Watchers)
    • Those Darned Socks: Fixing Holes - Everyone gets them, everyone dislikes them, everyone can learn to repair them - holes in your socks. This is your opportunity to end this ongoing struggle! Drop by to see how darning is done, leave with hands-on experience. (Leader: Jeanette Hardison)

Venue map. Click to view larger.Additional Details:

Directions: We are located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis; see a map of the entrance and parking here; view our building on Google Maps here. Please enter through the warehouse gate on 13th Street, between A Ave. and the railroad tracks. City buses 36 and 8 stop within 2-4 blocks of our building while routes 15 and 7 stop 6 blocks away at 11th & Monroe (view full details on the Corvallis Transit System website or use Google Transit to find the best option for you).

Join this event on FacebookJoin this event on Facebook to receive updates as they become available.Volunteer at the Repair Fair! Click here to learn more.

For questions, accommodation requests, or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

Res. Hall Move-Out Donation Drive

OverviewFinal 2016 Donation Drive thermometer which totals 22,967 pounds

Each year, OSU Campus Recycling and Surplus Property, in collaboration with University Housing and Dining, coordinate an effort to reduce waste during residence hall move-out by educating residents and giving them the tools to recycle and donate as much as possible. Learn more about previous years' results here.

2016 Results

An estimated total of 22,967 pounds of donations were collected!

While the weight did not meet our goal of 28,000 pounds, it is slightly higher than the total weight from two years ago. As you can see in the chart below, last year was a record high.

Chart of donation weights over time

As shown in the table below, the decrease we saw from 2015 to 2016 is primarily due to a major decrease in wood weights (an 87 percent decline) and to a lesser extent a decrease in clothes/shoes/linens (a 29 percent decline).

Category 2015 Weight (lbs) 2016 Weight (lbs)
Housewares 13,268 11,997
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 9,706 6,867
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 3,358

3,103

Reusable Wood 7,618 1,000
Total Donations 33,950 22,967

We are uncertain about why donation weights declined. Because our waste hauler does not weigh trash, we are not able to speculate on whether donations decreased due to increased landfilling of items. It is possible that the major decline we saw in wood weights was due to a decrease in the number of single-use loft bed kits used or an increase in the number of kits that were taken home by residents (in either case, this would be a win for waste reduction).

Special thanks to the 51 volunteers who gave over 160 hours of time to pick-up and sort donations, as well as our partners at UHDS and to all the residents who donated!

Learn a bit about how the program is coordinated here, see photos of this year's effort on Facebook and find out who received donations below.

2016 Benefitting Organizations

For More Information

Andrea Norris, 737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

Res. Hall Donation Drive How-To's

How-To's

Instructions for move-out donation drive

Note: Donation bins are located on the ground floor of each residence hall; precise location varies by hall.

Food (Unopened, Non-Perishable)

Collect in grocery bag* and then place in donation bin. Must be bagged. Must be unopened & non-perishable.

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

Place in grocery bag* and place in donation bin. Must be bagged (to prevent leaks onto other donations). Soaps, lotions, unused deodorant, etc.

Clothing, Towels, Bedding

Collect in blue bag* and place in donation bin. Must be clean and dry & in good condition.

Household Items (decor, dishes, lamps, etc.)

Collect in blue bag* if it fits, otherwise place in donation bin. Items must be in good condition.

Broken Electronics and Media

Collect in provided blue bag* if it fits, otherwise place in or next to the donation bin. Electronics, CDs & ink cartridges will be recycled if they are not reusable.

Large Furniture & Scrap Wood

Place all scrap wood (i.e. loft bed kits), and furniture that doesn’t fit into donation bins, next to your outdoor trash dumpster, on the ground.

Bicycles

Place unwanted bicycles next to donation bins.

Recycling (Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass & Cardboard)

Place in recycling bins on ground floor or outdoor cardboard bin. See what can be recycled.

Trash

Any items that can’t be donated or recycled should be taken to the outside dumpster.

*You will receive your move-out kit (donation bags and door hanger with instructions) on or around May 23rd. Donation bins will be placed in hall lobbies May 23-27.

Downloadable Resources

For More Information

Andrea Norris, 737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

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Res. Hall Move-Out History

Final 2016 Donation Drive thermometer which totals 22,967 pounds

Overview

Each year, OSU Campus Recycling and Surplus Property, in collaboration with University Housing and Dining, coordinate an effort to reduce waste during residence hall move-out by educating residents and giving them the tools to recycle and donate as much as possible.

Results

OSU have generally been increasing the weight of donations since 2010.

Chart showing donations increasing over time

The donations help our local nonprofits and those in our community who are in need, plus it benefits the environment by promoting the reuse of materials!

Below you can compare how we've done in each category throughout the years:

Category 2011 Weight (lbs) 2012 Weight (lbs) 2013 Weight (lbs) 2014 Weight (lbs) 2015 Weight (lbs) 2016 Weight (lbs)
Wood 3,000 4,421 7,081 3,820 7,618 1,000
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 5,736 5,252 7,283 6,664 9,706 6,867
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 1,913 2,517 2,693 1,897 3,358 3,103

Housewares

6,909 7,932 8,922 10,027 13,268 11,997
Total Donations 17,558 20,693 25,979 22,408 33,950 22,967

How We Do It

Each residence hall room receives a move-out kit, which included a door hanger with details on how to donate and recycle unwanted materials, along with bags in which to sort their material in their room. Grocery-style plastic bags are provided for food and toiletries, and 13-gallon blue bags are provided for clothing, bedding, and small housewares. Labeled donation bins are located in the lobby, along with all the recycle bins.

Residents are made aware of the upcoming donation drive starting about one month in advance. Info is provided via abundant signage inside the halls, large posters at each UHDS service center, notices in the Campus Living eNewsletter, a presentation to the Residence Hall Association General Assembly, posts on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Ecologue blog), and a web page made just for residents.

Donation bins     move-out sorting     food share pickup

Coffee Cup Coup Campaign

Coffee Cup Coup graphicThe Coffee Cup Coup is a campaign founded in the belief that together, we can overthrow the tyranny of the disposable cup.

Why, you say? Because...

  • 3,000 coffee cups are thrown away every day at OSU.
  • They are never recyclable.
  • Reusable mugs save you money...and save the world.

Join the movement.

How to Join

  • Refuse disposable cups and always carry a reusable mug with you.
  • Attend an event. See below for details.
  • Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #CoffeeCupCoup, and by liking, commenting on, and sharing posts from others!
  • Volunteer for the campaign by attending weekly Waste Watcher meetings or contacting Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

Coffee Cup Coup Events

The amount of coffee cups found in one dumpsterDumpster Audit Findings

The Waste Watchers audited a campus dumpster to sort out disposable coffee cups and found:

  • Just one 6-yd dumpster had 563 disposable coffee cups.
  • Disposable coffee cups alone constituted 9% of the weight and 10% of the volume of the dumpster.

It's clear that reducing single-use coffee cups will have a significant impact on campus-wide trash. Please join the movement and invite your friends and colleagues to as well.

For More Information

The Coup is a campaign of the Waste Watchers, a student club coordinated by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Please direct questions to Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

 

Related Sites

Student viewing computerBelow are a other websites that may be of interest to you:

OSU Websites

Non-OSU Websites

Business Affairs Home

Campus Recycling is part of Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM), which is part of Business Affairs. Visit Business Affairs' website for more information.