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
Campus Waste Reduction Initiatives
Single-Stream Recycling Initiative
BGSU offers single-stream recycling across 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 BGSU Athletics in order to increase recycling and reduce waste in and around Doyt Perry Stadium. Volunteers are needed for every home football game!
RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States & Canada. Each year, BGSU competes on a national level, while also hosting an on-campus competition to see which residence hall can recycle the most waste. The 2017 competition goes from February 5th - April 2nd. More Info
Electronic Waste Recycling
All types of batteries, electronics, & ink cartridges are recycled at BGSU through the Office of Campus Sustainability! Find out drop off locations, host an e-waste recycling station, or arrange a pickup More Info
We collect surplus office supplies, furniture, and other usable items to make them available to the campus community for reuse, reducing our natural resource consumption and amount of solid waste generated! Have extra supplies sitting around? Arrange a pick up today!
Water Bottle Refill Stations
BGSU has a number of water-bottle refill stations located across campus. Refilling stations are located above water fountains and provide a quick, easy refill for your re-usable water bottle! Reusable bottles decrease the amount of resources consumed & waste sent to landfills.