UIC collects data on all its waste streams, from recycled paper to electronic waste and waste that goes to landfill. The data is used to calculate a recycling rate, which is the total amount of recycled material divided by the total amount* of waste generated by the university.
This year, UIC is competing with Loyola University to be the best recycling university in Chicago. Check back here every week to see how the scoreboard changes!
The Office of Sustainability is undergoing a project to upgrade how recycling information is collected and reported. When the project is complete, this page will include information about recycling at the building level. Check back soon to find out how much material is recycled in your building!
*Infectious waste from the UIC Medical Center is not included, since the treatment process is different from ordinary waste. Open-top containers are also not included because they often contain construction debris. However, the City of Chicago's Construction & Demolition Ordinance requires that at least 50% of the construction or demolition debris generated on a job site is recycled!
Both these exclusions conform with guidelines from the National Recycling Coalition.