Materials and Waste


M-1 – Recycle half of our waste

Achieve an annual campus waste recycling rate of 50% by FY25 as a regional leadership goal. Recycling success hinges largely on regular communication, clear signage and consistent infrastructure. We believe that a focus on these three elements will push us past the tipping point where we are recycling more than we are sending to the landfill.

M-2 – Recycle 75% or more of our construction waste

Require all construction projects with a project cost greater than $5,000,000 to recycle at least 75% of their waste by FY25. Construction and demolition debris are a significant contributor to landfills in our region. However, if construction waste management best practices are utilized, projects regularly exceed 75%. Our LEED-certified buildings on campus averaged an 85% recycling rate.

M-3 – Recycle / Reuse all of our institutional e-waste

Recycle, reuse or refurbish 100% of institutional e-waste by FY25. On a national level, Purdue was one of the first universities to recycle 100% of its institutional e-waste. We will continue this program with a close eye on operational efficiencies that arise in the e-waste recycling market.

Visit the Materials/Waste Initiatives webpage to learn about sustainability and waste on campus.

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