Every day on the average, every American throws out about of 4.5 pounds of waste. At UIC, over 6,000 tons of waste materials are generated each year. Averaged out for 35,000 students, faculty, and staff, each of us at UIC discards about a pound of waste a day. That means that close to a quarter of our “personal waste” is created here at UIC.
The goal of the UIC Recycling Program is to minimize that waste by encouraging the conservation of resources – through using less in the first place, reusing what’s already been used, and recycling (as a last option). Together with the Office of Sustainability programs at the campus unions (Student Center East and Student Center West) and at the campus housing facilities, the UIC Recycling office works to provide opportunities to recycle while raising campus environmental awareness.
Through the following webpages, you can learn more about how and what to recycle at UIC and how to use fewer materials overall. In addition, since you don’t spend all of your life on campus, we offer additional resources that you can use to minimize waste at home.
If you have questions or comments about recycling and waste reduction at UIC, please contact us by phone or email. Campus recycling only works because of you, and we want to help make your efforts as effective and meaningful as possible.