Recycling at Emory
Emory encourages all members of its community to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. The University is committed to an overall goal of diverting Emory's total waste stream by 65% by 2015, including recycling 100% of electronics waste and road construction materials and composting, recycling, or reusing at least 95% of food waste, animal bedding, and building construction materials. To reach this goal, it is imperative that every student and employee REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE.
The majority of the university's recycling is coordinated by Emory Recycles, a department of Campus Services. Emory Recycles began in 1990 with a group of librarians who began to collect and recycle white paper. With increased enthusiasm and support from students, the recycling program was expanded to the residence halls. Today, Emory Recycles provides a source separated recycling program for all Emory University academic buildings, residence halls, labs, clinics and offices and has begun a composting program at some of the cafeterias on campus. The program’s primary goal is to divert University waste through waste reduction education, a source separated commodity collection and a campus composting program. For fiscal year 2010-2011 the program was able to divert 31.9% of Emory University and Emory Healthcare’s (the numbers include Emory Healthcare on Clifton Road) waste from the landfill. Emory's Recycling Center facility also handles recycling for the CDC, The Clifton School and Clairmont Place, a local retirement community.
What can be recycled:
Clear, Brown, and Green Glass
Hardback and paperback Books (Better World Book Drop located in the DUC and at the Recycling Center)
Office Supply Swap
To encourage reuse and to reduce the amount of materials going to the recycling center or landfill, Emory Recycles publishes a list of office supplies that various Emory departments no longer need or use. Visit the Office Supply Swap page to look for office supplies your department needs or to add your unused supplies to the list.
Emory owned electronics are reused or if obsolete, recycled through Emory Surplus Properties. For personal electronics, Emory Recycles works in conjunction with Atlanta Recycling Solutions and holds two electronic events a year, one in November and one in April.
All electronics are recycled by electronic recycling vendor, Atlanta Recycling Solutions, in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Emory has partnered with Greenco Environmental, the leading organic recycling company servicing the Southeast, to help establish a comprehensive composting program for Emory's campus. The following facilities on campus are participating in Emory's composting program - the DUC, Fraternity Row, Wesley Woods, Marcus Hillel Center, Candler School of Theology, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Whitehead Animal Bedding and Clinic B. Animal bedding. Composting is also available for special events involving food residuals. Make your next event zero-waste -- contact Deena Keeler, 727-9275 or Claire Wall, 712-8921 for more information.
For more information on recycling and composting please visit the Emory Recycles website.
Emory Surplus Properties
Emory Surplus Property, a department in the Campus Services Division, is Emory's on-campus location for disposing of all university-owned surplus furniture, equipment and vehicles. Surplus Property, located on Emory's Briarcliff campus, is dedicated to Emory’s Sustainability Vision by supporting the resale of used Emory property, prolonging furniture life and decreasing our landfill waste. For more information check out the Emory Surplus Properties website.
In 2009, Emory launched the Encore system to facilitate and encourage campus event planners to reuse, share, and repurpose event supplies. Too many floral arrangements, packaged foods, rental items, etc. come and go without being used to their full potential. Encore! is an opportunity to offer these items for others to use, as well as to make use of these offerings yourself to reduce your event budgets. You can even post a wishlist request for a future need. Register, browse listings, and offer or request an item on Encore!
- In fiscal year 2010 - 2011, over 2,719 tons of clear, green, and brown glass, scrap metal, mixed paper (including newspaper, magazines, phone books, and colored paper) and plastics #1-#6 were processed and recycled.
- Last year alone Emory's recycled white and mixed paper saved 11,836.59 trees.
- Currently, 95 percent of electronic waste is re-purposed.
- Construction waste recycling is at 97 percent.
As of November 2009, Emory University has diverted from landfills and composted 1,742,101 pounds or 871 tons of food waste and animal bedding since the program began in June.
Battery Recycling Available
Emory Environmental Health and Safety Office announces that battery recycling containers are now available in the following locations:
• 1599 Clifton - Mail rooom - B160
• 1762 Clifton – Lobby outside EHSO Suite 1200
• Briarcliff Campus – Building A Lobby
• Campus Services – Building B break room
• Dobbs University Center (DUC) - Left of Einstein's Bagels
• Emory Clinics (A, B, & C) – Facilities Management Lobby
• N. Decatur Genetics Building - Second Floor Hallway
• Oxford Campus - Student Center
• Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC) – Lobby
• White Hall – 2nd floor Lobby
• Whitehead Research Building – Lobby
• Woodruff Library – Left entrance by the magazine stands
• Yerkes Main Station - Left Entrance
View Emory's campus map to find locations.
All battery types/sizes are acceptable, but the collection pails can only accept batteries 10 pounds or smaller. The terminals must be taped to prevent accidental discharge. Click here to view the battery recyling poster demonstrating the correct prpocedure of preparing batteries for recycling.
For questions or additional information contact Chemwaste@emory.edu or 404-727-5922.
Recycling Administrative Coordinator
FAQs-1599 Clifton Rd Waste Reduction Program
Emory Recycles Resource List
National Recyclemania Competition
• Help Emory advance to 'Environmental 8' in 'March Madness' contest
• Get a deal at surplus property, computer sale and support RecycleMania
• Campus Sustainability Event Include Food, Prizes and Golf Cart Tours
• Environmental Artwork Adorns Campus
• Waste Not, Want Not, Earn Gold Stars
• Commencement is Zero Waste Event
• Earth Month eWaste Recycling a Success
• New Collection Points for Battery Recycling
• Reused Trees Serve as Kiosks in Lullwater Preserve; Supports 'Emory as Place'
• Sustainability Update: How is Emory Doing?
• Composting of Animal Bedding at Emory’s Division of Animal Resources
• Reduce to Win is RecycleMania Goal
• Emory's Labs Reduce Dirty Laundry, Increase Recycling
• Pitch in for National Recycling Week
• Hotel Floats Ideas for Soap Savings
• Green Guidelines for Event Planners
• Emory Launches Sustainable Events Certification Program
• Emory Makes Animal Bedding into Compost
• Zero Waste is Commencement Goal
• Composting Program Expands to Hospitals
• Will Emory stack up in RecycleMania?
• New Recycling Measure Enhances Safety, Reduces Waste and Cost
• Trayless Dining Serves Up Surprising Results
• Blue and Gold Go "Green" at Orientation
• Campus Recycling Expands to Plastics 1--6
• Recycling Efforts Aren't Wasted