Waste reduction initiatives on campus fall into two categories: reducing resource use and recycling. Recycling is coordinated through Warehouse & Delivery Services and supported by educational programs through the Office of Sustainability. The Office also works with academic and administrative departments throughout the campus to find ways to reduce the unnecessary use of materials. Waste reduction relies to a great extent on individual choices such as recycling, double-sided printing, reusing furniture, and switching to paperless forms of communication.
Resource Use Reduction
Offices going Paperless
- Admissions Office
The Admissions Office has dramatically increased efficiency and improved customer service by implementing a new software system that allows them to do away with paper files, saving over 300,000 sheets of paper annually.
- Office of General Counsel
Notre Dame’s Office of General Counsel has switched from paper to electronic Conflict of Interest forms, saving over 5,000 sheets of paper each year.
- Immigration Services Office
ISO has effectively transitioned around 276 inches of files and 59,000 images from paper to digital format. Going paperless has helped ISO streamline immigration document registration, increased efficiency and greatly decreased paper consumption.
- Procurement Services
Procurement Services has changed their expense reporting system so that everything is now electronic. This online expense-reporting system will save approximately 400,000 sheets of paper per year, the equivalent of 5 tons of wood or 10,000 pounds of carbon emissions
Campus Mass Mail Policy
Effective November 1st 2009, Campus Mail will only accept up to 300 of the same item within a one month period. This policy is designed not to reduce campus communications, but rather to streamline it through existing channels, thereby reducing printing costs and paper use. These channels include: inside.nd.edu, the University calendar, calendar.nd.edu, ND Works, TheWeek@ND, the Observer, and digital signage. This policy will apply to all mailings except those mandated by regulatory compliance or those that receive an exception approval from the Office of Sustainability. More Info
Sustainable Office Practices Workshops
The Sustainable Office Practices workshop was initiated in March 2009 in order to focus on skills that administrative assistants and office managers can use to reduce resource use, including electronic form dissemination and document sharing, double-sided printing and copying defaults, and alternatives to water bottles and other individually packaged foods. More Info
Grab ’n Go Raffle
Every time you get Grab ‘n Go, use your reusable bag and you could be the next raffle winner. The Office of Sustainability randomly chooses students carrying reusable bags as winners. If you don’t have a reusable bag, you can purchase one at the Grab ‘n Go or the Huddle Mart. This semester’s prizes include $25 in Flex Dollars and apparel from the Hammes Bookstore.
Move-in Day Flyers
Remember those stacks of flyers that used to appear on your bed on move-in day? No more: all campus departments who wish to advertise services can put a description of themselves and their website on a single card, which is distributed on move-in day. This change has saved over 30,000 sheets of paper and reduced Notre Dame’s carbon dioxide emissions by over 1,000 pounds per year.
Single Stream Recycling
The University has adopted a standardized policy for single stream recycling in existing and new buildings. The policy mandates a minimum of 2:1 ratio of recycling to trash volume for all indoor and outdoor containers throughout the campus. If your department, building, or residence hall does not meet the new standard, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request the appropriate changes. Outdoor containers meeting the new requirements are currently being piloted and will be phased in over the next several years. Click here to view the policy in its entirety.
Specialty Item Recycling
Notre Dame recycles university furniture, appliances, and E-Waste including computers, printers and fax machines through ND Surplus. Please call Surplus Services for information on items they accept. Containers labeled for recycling toner cartridges and batteries are located in each building and CFL bulbs can be recycled through your building services staff. The shredded paper from campus secure shred bins is recycled after shredding as well.
Game Day Recycling
At each home game, dozens of students circulate through the tailgate lots, distributing blue recycling bags to fans and answering questions about single stream recycling. The Game Day Recycling program also includes permanent recycling containers throughout the tailgate lots and stadium and self-dispensing recycling bag units attached to the lamp posts in the tailgate lots for added convenience.
View our 2010 Gameday EPA Challenge Poster
Notre Dame’s end-of-year salvage raised over $70,000 for local charities last year and diverted 76.3 tons of waste from landfills.
At the end of the school year, students leave behind lots of things they no longer need. In the past, most of it would end up in landfills, but for the last several years that has changed. Each year, students put unwanted items at collection points around campus. Campus Warehouse & Delivery Services collects them and sets up a giant “Yard Sale” in the Stadium which is open to the public. The proceeds from this sale help to support local charities.
In 2009, Old 2 Gold raised $70,355 for 38 participating local charities. 5,703 shoppers attended, 3,970 pounds of food were donated to Food Bank of Northern Indiana, and 76.3 tons of items were diverted from landfills.
Composting and Food Waste
The University’s Landscape Services Department composts 100% of all yard waste and distributes it to plantings throughout campus. The Food Service Support Facility also works to divert waste from the landfill by sending 30 tons of vegetable trimmings to a local farm for livestock feed in FY08-09.
If you have questions about what can and cannot be placed in single stream recycling, or how to dispose of batteries, light bulbs, or electronics, please view our Recycling FAQs You can download a recycling poster for your office or building, or you can request a sticker version to affix directly to your bin by emailing email@example.com