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
- 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 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
Grab ’n Go Reusable Bags
Welcome Weekend Information
Single Stream Recycling
Campus Battery Recycling
In an effort to streamline and effectively manage the battery recycling program, we are centralizing battery recycling stations to five convenient locations across campus. The five locations are Hammes Mowbray lobby, DeBartolo Hall room 115, ITC Computer Service Office, Rockne Memorial front desk and Main Building first floor recycling center. Detailed instructions on how to properly recycle batteries will be posted at each recycling center. Please see the Risk Management & Safety Universal Waste page or Erin Hafner email@example.com for further information.
Specialty Item Recycling
Notre Dame recycles university 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 are located in each building and CFL bulbs can be recycled through your building services staff.
The process of furnishing Notre Dame workspaces has been consolidated into a single program called FurnishND. Managed by Warehouse and Delivery Services, the program assists faculty and staff with day-to-day workspace furnishing requests including the acquisition, repair, and removal of workspace furnishings. For all workspace furnishing removal or repair requests, submit an AiM work order at https://assetworks.oit.nd.edu/, selecting surplus pickup as the problem code. Visit the FurnishND website for additional information.
Game Day Recycling
Notre Dame’s year-end campus yard sale annually diverts over 76.3 tons of waste from landfills.
In 2014 the university installed its first Big Belly solar compactor. Located on Bulla Road in front of the Bulla Parking lot, this solar compactor increases waste capacity to 150 gallons and automatic compaction when it's full allows for five times the capacity of standard bins.