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Single-Stream Recycling comes to Purdue. Learn more about this program!
Refuse & Recycling
Purdue's Refuse & Recycling operation is part of the Grounds Department. The refuse side of the operation is like any other municipal trash collection operation. Each building served has a dumpster that is serviced by one of three compactor trucks. The trash is then transported to the local transfer station for delivery to a landfill. The recycling side of the operation uses a variety of specialized vehicles to haul materials that are processed for reuse at our recycling facility on campus.
Purdue recycling is committed to reducing the generation of solid waste as we work toward a long-term goal of generating zero waste to landfill. We support recycling of glass, plastics, metals, batteries, office paper, confidential materials, cardboard, pallets, organics, and other materials.
By following some of the suggestions on the Waste Reduction/Recycle Tips page, you can make a difference in helping Purdue University meet its recycling goal. If in doubt, recycle it, or if you would like some additional reasons for recycling, refer to the Benefits of Recycling page.
- More information about Sustainability in Buildings & Grounds.
- Visit the Purdue Sustainability website.
- Single-stream desk-side recycling
- Student Recycling Drop Locations
Five locations provide convenient drop-off points for mixed recyclables:
- TeleCom building at Second and University streets.
- PRF parking lot at Fourth and Russell streets.
- Purdue parking lot across from the Armory.
- Intersection of David Ross Road and Tower Drive.
RecycleMania is a 8-week competition among 605 universities nationwide. Purdue has participated since 2010.
Food Waste Digester Initiative
- Learn more about this project. View the PowerPoint.
Ever wonder, "What happens to the stuff we put in the recycle bins? Does it really get recycled/reused?"
Well, here's the answer to that question. The following video clip that explains very clearly and simply what really happens to the materials we recover and how they get reused.
Well worth the few minutes it takes to watch.