- Green Minute
- Green Campuses
- Green Media
- Contact Us
The University of Virginia has been recognized twice this year for its recycling program.
Last month the institution received a Bronze Excellence Award for Recycling Systems from the Solid Waste Association of North America. It received the Recycler of the Year award from the Virginia Recycling Association this past spring.
While Virginia requires state agencies to recycle 25 percent of their waste, U.Va. recycled 43 percent in 2011. Since the recycling program started in 1991, the University has reduced the annual amount of non-recyclable waste it produces by about 2,000 tons. U.Va. diverts glass, metal, plastics, paper and cardboard from the waste stream, as well as recycling electronics, including batteries, and is a pioneer in composting.
“Our people have been operating a vibrant and successful recycling program for a number of years – successful from the standpoint of being environmental stewards by increasing recycling and reducing landfill, and also economically successful by reducing landfill costs and generating revenue through the sale of recycled material,” said Donald Sundgren, U.Va.’s chief facilities officer and director of Facilities Management, which oversees the recycling program. “The dedication and passion of our people coupled with the support from the University have enabled the program to be successful in the long term.”
Students are heavily involved in the sustainability operations at the University, encouraging their peers to recycle, launching challenges between residence halls to reduce energy use and even advising U.Va. Dining on sustainability issues.
Source: University of Virginia