CAMPUS ACTION | WASTE
Learn about what how to sustainably manage waste at UD and the different ways UD responsibly addresses its waste.
FAQ | RECYCLING AT UD
We need blue bins, how do we get them?
Students: request through your R.A. or Res Life
Offices and Classrooms: order through your department like any office supply item
I heard that stuff doesn't actually get recycled
- UD delivers thousands of pounds of recyclable material each week to the DSWA Recycling Center at 1101 Lambsons Lane, New Castle DE
- The Recycling Center can reject a truck if there is too much contamination mixed into the recycling. Please place recycling and waste in the correct bins!
Can I recycle plastic bags?
- Plastic Bags can be recycled in special bins at most grocery stores and big box stores
- Plastic Bags damage machinery at the recycling plant and it’s crazy-dangerous to climb into those machines
- BYO bag for regular shopping trips
What about spiral notebooks, staples, juice boxes?
- Spiral notebooks are no problem, recycle them!
- Envelopes with windows are so yummy, send them our way
- Juice boxes and other waxed cardboard items are welcome, recycle away
- Staples don’t stop this train, toss them in the blue bin
- Glossy paper from fancy magazines is so recyclable in Delaware
- Labels on containers are no problem, don’t worry about them
Styrofoam is a big “no-no”, sorry we can’t recycle that at this time.
UD completes 5th year of RecycleMania
In 2019, of 163 colleges & universities participating, UD ranked:
- 125th in Diversion category, recycling 22.9% of total waste
- 102nd in Per Capital Classic, recycling 9.5 lbs per student
UD Wins DNREC Universal Recycling Grant
UD Sustainability was awarded +$100k in grant funding from DNREC’s Universal Recycling Grant! Check out the new bins in dining locations and download free informational posters on this page!
UD's Digesters divert food waste from landfill
BYO Water Bottles
UD has a long way to go on recycling
UD Single Stream Recycling Rate, FY2017
Did you know?
Recycling started as a student-led initiative in the early 1990s. Students even drove the garbage trucks.