Recycling & Re-Use Highlights
An average American generates about 4.4 pounds of landfill waste every day. Emory encourages all members of its community to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills – and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives is leading a multitude of efforts designed to support that goal.
By 2025, Emory University is committed to recycling 100 percent of electronics waste and road construction materials and composting, recycling, or reusing at least 95% of food waste, animal bedding and building construction materials.
Recycling & Re-Use Benefits
Zero Landfill Waste Emory went into effect in 2018. Designed to achieve our 2025 goals for waste reduction, this extensive program offers convenient recycling stations across campus and clear instructions to enable the entire campus community to eliminate landfill waste.
The degradation of wastes in landfills results in the production of leachate and gases, which produce emissions that are potentials threats to human health and the environment. Socio-economic impacts of landfills include risks for public health derived from surface or groundwater contamination, the diffusion of litter into the wider environment and nuisances such as insects, odors, smoke and noise for communities close to landfills. As a result, landfills likely have an adverse negative impact upon housing values and disproportionately affect low-income, resource-poor communities of racial and ethnic minorities.
How It Works
- The majority of the University’s recycling is coordinated by Emory Recycles, a department of Campus Services. Emory’s Recycling Center facility also handles recycling for the CDC, The Clifton School and Clairmont Place, a local retirement community.
- Since 2009, Emory’s composting program has directly supported Emory’s goal of diverting 95 percent of its waste from landfills by 2025. Emory partners with Southern Green Industries to process the compostable material collected on campus. Composting is also available for special events involving food waste; learn more about Certified Green Events.
- Emory has a robust electronics recycling process. Whether a university-purchased item or personal electronics, members of the Emory community are expected to learn more and properly recycle electronics.
- 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, sells used Emory property, prolonging furniture life and decreasing landfill waste.