Recycling & Waste Reduction
According to the Climate Action Plan, Solid Waste makes up 21% of Scope 3, which includes all "Miscellaneous Emissions".
During a typical week of a semester during fiscal year 2013, BGSU produced over 100,000 pounds of waste (not inlcuding waste/debris from construction, demolition, or special projects), which was a significant increase in waste from the prior fiscal year.
Waste sent to the landfill is reponsible for the production of methane, a greenhouse gas which has 13 times more heat trapping ability than carbon dioxide.
Overall goal for reduction of emissions
from solid waste
"The overall goal in the solid waste
area is to reduce emissions by continuing to decrease landfill waste
each year, increasing our diversion rate through and combination of
recycling as many commodities as possible and composting of organic
waste, re-using materials and items when possible, thus cutting down
-BGSU's Climate Action Plan, 2015
For more detailed information on BGSU's carbon emission profile and the detailed steps to reduce the emissions, please view the publically accepted Climate Action Plan
BGSU's Recycling Program
BGSU offers single-stream recycling throughout all of campus. This means all recyclables go into the recycling bin and non-recyclables go into the landfill bin. Recyclables include paper, plastics #1-7, cardboard, metal, and glass! Learn More
Green Game Day
The Green Game Day initiative is a joint collabroation between Campus Sustainability and Intercollegiate Atheltics in order to increase recycling and waste reduction in the tailgate sections of the Doyt Perry Stadium. Volunteers are needed for every home football game!
WYMO is BGSU's largest re-use program that encourages students to donate items when moving out instead of throwing them in the landfill. Donated items benefit local charities and BGSU students. WYMO needs volunteers throughout the month of May!
The ReStore is the distribution side of the WYMO program, which holds numerous Thrift Sales throughout the year. The items donated during WYMO are sorted and offered to BGSU students at little to no charge. Volunteers are needed to staff the Thrift Sales!
Once Upon a Desk
Once Upon a Desk is the office supply counterpart to the reStore and WYMO. Surplus BGSU office equipment and supplies are collected and made available to other offices instead of ordering new items. Once Upon a Desk events are scheduled monthly (similar to the reStore Thrift Sales) and allow for drop-ins to collect free paper, 3-ring binders, desk organizers, folders, and much more!
BGSU has a number of water-bottle refill stations located all throughout campus. Refill stations provide ideal locations to fill up re-usable water bottles, decreasing the amount of bottled water purchased on campus.