University of Miami Overhauls Recycling Program
As the University of Miami strives to create a more sustainable campus environment the need to improve and expand recycling efforts has become evident. As the spring semester rolls out you will notice changes in the Coral Gables and RSMAS recycle programs. The most recent development within the Green U program is a new comprehensive recycling plan encompassing efforts by several University departments, including Facilities Administration, Business Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Residence Halls, Waste Management, Dade Recycling, and many individual faculty & staff members as well as of course, students.
Recycling is extraordinarily important for it has far reaching environmental, social, and economic impacts. Recycling helps to reduce the amount of materials that would otherwise be left for a landfill as unused waste. By capturing more recycled material the University is able to reduce our environmental impact by sending our waste to where they will ultimately become raw materials for new products. This reduces the negative impact of many products that put strain on natural resources and increases landfill waste.
Below you will see the details of Phase 1 of this comprehensive recycling plan, as part of Green U initiatives.
You Can Now Recycle
(Coral Gables Campus)
Areas: You can now do your part
by recycling bottles and cans across common outdoor areas on campus. As
part of phase one, recycle bins will be available on Miller Drive near
the Law School down past Gusman Concert hall and around the Rathskeller
to the shores of Lake Osceola. From there, follow the canal past the UC
and all the way past the School of Business Administration down
University Drive. (See blue
boundary Line on Map Below).
Concrete recycle bins and trash cans are paired up with the same
concrete structures. The recycle bins will be designated (in these
outdoor areas) by a blue ring on top that reads: All
cans and bottles only! Please do
your best to make sure bottles and cans are empty and caps are removed.
Figure 1 - Coral Gables Outdoor Recycling (Phase 1)
Ink toner, cell phone, and battery recycling drop off location: There is also toner and battery recycling drop off location sponsored by the Purchasing Department in the UC across from the elevators.
Libraries/ Computer labs: All libraries and computer labs have strategically placed recycle bins for paper. Recycling paper is a great way to help the environment by reducing the need to cut down trees.
Residential Areas: All on-campus residential areas are now transitioning to single stream recycling. This means that a greater amount of items can now be captured for recycling instead of going to the landfill. For a complete list of single stream items please see information at end of this page.
Bins will be located in the following locations along with instructions on what you can and cannot recycle.
Single Stream Recycling!
What You Can Recycle
Do Not Recycle
**Do not mix trash and recycling! If trash or other contaminants are placed in recycle bins, the whole load is considered trash and cannot be recycled.**