Waste management at ETSU is handled in a number of ways. One of the major ways we
do this is through recycling. The university's recycling efforts have diverted large
amounts of waste from the landfill.
Where Can You Recycle?
Recycling is collected at various locations across campus
In buildings, look for bins in hallways. Recycling bins are also located outside along
walkways. Cardboard can be recycled in specially marked dumpsters.
Some items - such as glass, printer cartridges, and batteries – must be brought to
the ETSU Recycling Center (located in the warehouse behind Buc Ridge housing - view map for directions) or picked up by recycling staff. Call the Facilities office at 439-7900
for pick-up. Also call for pick-up if you have an unusually large amount of material
to be recycled. For a complete list of what can be recycled and where to recycle on campus, view the
Campus Recycling page.
For additional bins submit a work order on the TMA I Service Desk.
For more information concerning drop-off points or material pick-up, contact the Department of Sustainability at 439-7766.
Additional Waste Efforts
New Recycling Initiative in Campus Offices
Many faculty and staff offices are equipped with individual recycling bins and "minibin"
waste bins. The minibins are much smaller than the recycling bins, providing a visual
cue that indicates that a high percentage of all waste can be recycled. Faculty and
staff empty these bins at a self-service waste disposal station located in central
areas in their office or workspace. As everyone is more aware of what they are recycling
and what they are throwing away, less waste is sent to the landfill. After implementation
of the minibin system, recycling rates have increased as much as 40% in participating
Recycling in Residence Halls
Student residents are provided with small recycling bin carriers that may be used
to store recyclables in their room. When full, they are to be emptied into any of
the self-service recycling stations on campus.
Trayless Dining in the Market Place
The Market Place cafeteria converted to a trayless dining system in 2012. Customers
carry the individual plates and bowls without the use of a tray. In this way, food
waste is reduced as customers are less likely to take more food than they can eat.
Each spring, the Campus Move-Out initiative keeps a large amount of materials out
of the waste stream. Resident students are encouraged to donate any unwanted items
(such as bedding, unopened/non-perishable food, school supplies, etc.) to local charities.
Collection boxes for donated items are placed in the lobby of each residence hall
at the end of the spring semester. Larger items may be left at designated areas beside
residence hall dumpsters.
Providing Area Schools with Technical Assistance (PASTA) is a program that, among
other services, helps to reduce e-waste generated by the university by relocating
old computers to area schools as the computers on campus are upgraded. This keeps
computers that are no longer needed out of the waste stream. PASTA also pairs students
with public schools in order to provide the schools with technical assistance. The
program is run by the Computer and Information Sciences Department. Visit the PASTA