Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

  • Recycle Batteries, Cell Phones, Bottle Caps and Ink Cartridges by Placing Them in These Bins in Your Residence Hall Recycle Batteries, Cell Phones, Bottle Caps and Ink Cartridges by Placing Them in These Bins in Your Residence Hall


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Check out some of our eco-friendly programs:

  • All-in-One Recycling Program
  • Geothermal wells being utilized to transfer energy to and from the earth for cooling and heating our residence halls
  • Dump and Run, organized by Students for Recycling, recycles and reuses items donated during move-out
  • Many of the university's vehicles are capable of running on E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) and all of the university's diesel vehicles are capable of running on B20 bio diesel.
  • Four LEED-certified buildings and growing
  • Pre- and post-consumer waste pulping system for several of our dining operations. The pulper breaks down the organic material, which is then shipped to an off-site anaerobic digestion system and converted into biogas used to produce energy. This system reduces waste by up to 88% in volume.
  • Food initiatives include 30% of purchasing in Ohio, providing eco-friendly, biodegradable containers and utensils, and offering tray-less and bag-free service

Think about easy ways to go green with us:

  • Look for the Energy Star label when purchasing products
  • Choose laptops over desktops-they use 75% less energy (Don't forget a lock!)
  • Choose screen size carefully-a 17" monitor can use twice as much energy as a 15" monitor when in active mode
  • Activate your computer's power management options and set it to enter sleep mode when not in use
  • Choose flat-panel screens over CRT monitors (a 66% energy savings)
  • Choose ink-jet printers over laser printers-save 80-90% energy
  • Bring compact fluorescent light bulbs to use for your desk and other lamps
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
  • Consider participating in one of many Ohio State eco-friendly student organizations
  • Consider walking or bicycling while traveling on campus
  • Recycle all packaged products
  • Utilize reusable bags and beverage containers

More on Recycling

It is easy to underestimate the amount of usable items thrown away at the end of Ohio State's autumn and spring semesters, when the majority of students are changing residency. Since 2004, we have supported Students for Recycling's Dump & Run event, collecting these items for a huge annual yardsale, reducing waste and raising funds for local charities and participating student organizations.

Also, through the green zone program, collection boxes are placed in each residence hall as a point of disposal for ink cartridges, cell phones, batteries and bottle caps. 

RecycleMania is a friendly nationwide competition to promote waste reduction activities on campus.  The contest runs for eight weeks, generally every February-March.  It was initiated in 2001 as a competition between Ohio University and Miami University; RecycleMania has grown rapidly, with more than 600 colleges and universities now participating.

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