Environmental Stewardship Program
About KU Recycling
KU Recycling provides recycling services for the University of Kansas. As a service department, we strive to make a positive impact on the campus community by encouraging waste reduction and recycling.
Our Student Recycling Technicians collect from over 95 buildings with over 1,000 individual recycling bins each week. The majority of buildings are serviced once a week, with some higher traffic locations visited twice a week or even daily. Most buildings on campus have recycling containers accepting mixed paper,newspaper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Some buildings have additional containers for specific items, such as cardboard and magazines. Newspapers and plastic bottles can also be recycled in outdoor containers located throughout campus. To find a bin near you, go to our Recycling Locations page.
Where does it all go? After the material is collected, we take it to our West Campus warehouse for hand-sorting and machine-baling. Once baled, the material is then sold to vendors for reuse in production of "new" items.
We average about 42,000lbs of material collected, sorted, and baled every two weeks. That's nearly 600 TONS of material each year that Rock Chalk Recyclers remove from the waste stream!