Fredonia annually recycles tons of corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, glass, tires,
batteries, plastic, metal, motor oil, mattresses and many more items. In the Fall
of 2007, the university expanded these efforts to offer campus-wide recycling in all
buildings. Recycling centers were placed in lobbies, café areas, and loading docks
of all campus buildings. In 2008, recycling totes were placed in all Residence Hall
students rooms, lounges, classrooms, conference rooms and every office on campus.
Just look for the recycling center signs throughout campus, and start doing your part
to help the campus achieve a more sustainable future. A brief overview of the benefits
of recycling along with information on how to recycle appropriate materials is below.
Click here to view a campus map showing each recycling station
Click here for a detailed list of all the recycling locations
Recycling Procedures for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Waste Wipe Out Initiative
Collection bins from Chautauqua County Rural Ministries will be distributed to all Residence Halls during the last week of April. In addition,
a collection location will be setup at McEwen Hall near the cafe'.
Students are encouraged to place unwanted items in the bins for re-use. Faculty,
staff and off campus students may drop off items at McEwen Hall. Click here to view the flyer.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS INCLUDE
Non-perishable food items (unopened)
Clothing (new and used)
Shoes (new and used)
Operable electronic items
Lightly used carpeting
Unused school/office supplies
Lightly used kitchen items
Recycling Toner Cartridges
Toner cartridges can be recycled free by registering with tonerrecycle
Recycling Rechargeable Batteries
There are three boxes available for rechargeable batteries located in University Commons,
Reed Library, and the Media Center in Thompson Hall. View the full policy here
Recycling printer ink cartridges
The student group Enactus is working with RecycleInk to responsibly recycle ink cartridges.
Drop off bins are located in the following places:
Thompson (2nd + 3rd floor)
Northern Chautauqua County Foundation
Recycling plastic bags
There is a box for plastic bags in the lobby of University Commons by the bookstore.
Recycling makes both economic and environmental sense. By reducing our extraction
and use of virgin materials, recycling saves energy, reduces pollution, lessens greenhouse
gas emissions, and keeps millions of tons of garbage from winding up in landfills.
According to a 1998 EPA pamphlet on recycling (5306W), manufacturing and recycling
one ton of recycled office paper reduces total energy consumption by 43 percent, net
greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent, and hazardous air pollutant emissions by 90
More recently the National Recycling Coalition has reported that recycling aluminum
uses 95 percent less energy than creating it from bauxite ore. The organization has
also found that making "recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled
plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%" (www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-benefits.html).
Of course, recycling is only one small part of Fredonia's efforts to adopt more environmentally
sound practices. Students along with faculty and staff members must all work together
to reduce our energy and goods consumption and to reuse materials prior to recycling
them. Remember the old adage: Reduce, Reuse, and then Recycle.
The campus has partnered with Casella and Abitibi Paper Retriever to offer recycling
of paper, plastic (#1-#7), aluminum, tin, glass, cardboard, box board (cereal boxes),
books, magazines, clean wet paper towels and much more that individuals use on campus.
Please place all materials in the appropriate labeled containers. Additional information
on recycling specific items is available by clicking on the links included with specific
All colors and types of office paper, Post-it Notes, junk mail, newspapers, magazines,
fliers, phone books, soft cover books, fliers, pamphlets, envelopes and manila folders
may be recycled in green or blue totes, desk-side containers and large green or blue bins located
throughout the campus. Students, faculty and staff members, and community members
can also bring their paper directly to the large bright green and yellow Abitibi Paper
Retriever containers, which are located by Fenton Hall and across from the loading
dock area at University Commons.
Corrugated cardboard should be flattened and placed in one of the specially marked
large green containers near Erie Hall, Gregory Hall, University Commons, Alumni Hall,
Grissom Hall, Steele Hall, Fenton Hall or the Services Building on Ring Road. Pizza
boxes and milk cartons may not be recycled. Please do not place cardboard or hardboard
in the Abitibi containers.
All plastic containers numbered 1 through 7 may be recycled in any green or blue recycling
container throughout campus. Use the small numbered recycling triangle to check if
your product can be recycled. Please empty any liquids from the container, and, if
possible, rinse it out before recycling. Motor oil, hard plastic, Styrofoam, and most
deli containers are not acceptable. Please place these items in the regular trash.
Removal of labels and caps is not required.
Aluminum and Tin
Soda and juice cans along with household metals, such as soup cans and coffee cans
may be recycled in any green or blue recycling container throughout the campus. Please
empty the contents of the container, and if possible, rinse it before recycling.
Removal of labels and crushing of containers is not required.
Most metal furniture and equipment can be reused or recycled. Please contact Lois Valentine at 673-3216. Hazardous metals such as mercury must be disposed of as Hazardous Waste
and cannot be placed in the regular metal recycling bins.
Scrap metal is collected on campus from many areas including renovation projects.
The metal is recycled through a local company allowing SUNY Fredonia to avoid the
cost of disposal and to help the environment.
All clear and colored glass jars and bottles may be recycled in any green or blue
recycling container throughout the campus. Please empty beverage bottles and rinse
other glass containers such as spaghetti sauce jars and salsa jars. Incandescent light
bulbs, mirrors, dishes and drinking glasses may not be recycled on campus.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL's)
Should be given directly to a member of the custodial staff; do not place them in
the regular trash or in a recycling container. For further questions refer to the Custodial Services webpage.
Printer Cartridges and Old Cell Phones
Several academic departments and campus offices recycle these items on their own,
but all campus and community members can take print cartridges and old cell phones
to recycling bins located at the front desk of Reed Library, the Student Affairs Office
on the second floor of the Williams Center, and the Media Center on the second floor
of Thompson Hall. In addition, recycling bins are located at University Commons near
the book store and at the Williams Center near the first floor entrance facing the
Plastic Grocery Bags
Plastic grogery bags may be recycled at the recycling bins located at University Commons
near the book store, at the Williams Center, Thompson Hall, McEwen Hall, Mason Hall,
Fenton Hall and at all Residence Halls or should be returned to the store for proper
recycling. The bags cannot be mixed with the on campus recycling.
Special Event Recycling Program
Recycling containers are provided at large campus events including Commencement, Fredfest,
Alumni Weekend, Concerts, Department Picnics and many more events. To request special
event recycling, contact Facilities Services at 673-3452.
Construction and Demolition Materials
Large roll-off style dumpsters are provided at many construction and renovation projects.
Many large items are sent off campus for reuse or recycling. Items such as metals
and cardboard shipping boxes are recycled using the on campus green recycling containers.
Recycling your household materials at home or in your apartment is important as well-especially
if we want to strengthen local recycling industries. If you live in an apartment,
ask your landlord for a schedule for curbside pick-up recycling or contact the disposal
company yourself. You can also take your recyclables to the local transfer station, where additional materials such as colored glass are sometime accepted. Local stores
such Tops, Aldi and Wal-Mart also have recycling centers for recycling deposit bottles
and plastic bags.
For information about recycling campus office equipment and computers, please contact
Property Control at 673-3216.
Students wishing to obtain individual recycling containers for their rooms or suite
areas may contact their RAs. Staff and Faculty members wishing to obtain a desk-side
recycling container (at no cost to their departments), should contact the central
storehouse at 673-3484.
Fredonia does recycle batteries, motor oil, tires and other materials from campus
owned vehicles and equipment. The university does not accept such materials from individual
students, employees, or the general public. Please recycle them on your own.