Waste Reduction & Recycling
When it comes to reducing, recycling, and reusing waste, there are not many institutions that do it better than UW Oshkosh! Our campus has been recycling since the 1980s and in accordance with the University’s Sustainability Plan, there is a strengthening on-campus recycling and waste reduction program. In 2010, two years ahead of schedule, we met our goal to reduce the production of solid waste levels by 30% from the 2000 levels.
We currently recycle paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, cell phones, single-use and rechargeable batteries, printer cartridges, tires, oil, wood, metal, and electronics. We have also seen decreases in waste generation (see graph below).
- Recent construction projects have achieved recycling rates of 85-96%.
- In 2015, we collected 537 pounds of food from students in res halls during Move Out Week and donated it to the Oshkosh Area Community pantry
- We have run public events involving the arts, called TRASHformation, in partnership with Los Angeles-based RuckusRoots.
Learn more about waste management at UWO in the Campus Sustainability Plan.
For more information on the waste stream at UW Oshkosh, view the 2010 Waste Audit Presentation and Report produced by students in the Environmental Studies 390, a topics course focused on Campus Sustainability.
Events focused on reducing waste:
Wondering how to recycle waste at home? Want to know where you can take hazardous materials? Check out the Winnebago County Waste Department for more info!
Want more info about the process your recycled materials go through after they're picked up? Watch this short video about the Tri-Country Single Stream Recycling Facility.