The University Libraries encourages full recycling practice on and off campus. You will find recycle bins throughout the Libraries.
Reduce: Waste less, buy less, use less. Switch off the lights, take shorter showers, compost, use low-flow toilets, install programmable thermostats, carpool, use the bus.
Reuse: Find ways to reuse items. Print on both sides of paper. Use discarded computer printouts for scrap notes. Use travel mugs and water bottles. Check out garage sales. Buy a used car. Make repairs. Donate to charities. Use your own bags when shopping.
Recycle: Deposit used glass bottles, cans, plastics and paper-based items in recycle bins. Buy products with a high post-consumer content. CU Recycling bins are strategically placed throughout the University Libraries. Please use them for their designated purposes.
Recycling facts indicate you can make a difference.
- Conservation tips
- What every westerner should know about energy efficiency and conservation (PDF)
- What to recycle
Please report energy and water waste to the Energy Conservation Hotline 303-735-6202.
- Libraries Recycle
CU Recycling accepts both CDs and CD hard plastic cases from campus departments for recycling. They mail them away to a company called Greendisk in Georgia, which grinds up the materials for recycling. You can put your items into a campus mailing envelope (or small sealed box) and send them to CU Recycling, 209 UCB.
For more information, visit CU Recycling / Environmental Center.
CFLs generated at home need to be taken to the local county household hazardous waste collection site, or alternatively there are a few stores now that manage collection sites - these can be found at recycleabulb.com
CFLs generated on campus: The recycling of fluorescent bulbs and CFLs is a joint effort by Facilities Management (FacMan) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). FacMan collects all of the fluorescent bulbs/CFLs they routinely replace, and also manages the main recycling effort on campus for fluorescent bulbs.
CFLs can present a problem for collection and recycling because many times it is the end user that is replacing the bulb, which prevents the immediate transportation to the collection facility.
EH&S collects the bulbs generated in the laboratories from equipment and such, and will also collect the CFLs from offices that contact us at 2-7845. Please store the bulbs in their original packaging or other sturdy packaging to prevent breakage. Also please note that EH&S must only collect CFLs generated as a result of University business.
EH&S covers this topic in their hazardous waste generators' guide, page 11: http://www.colorado.edu/ehs/PDF/HWGenGuide.pdf
CU Recycling bins are strategically placed throughout the University Libraries. Please use them for their designated purposes.
From July 1999 to June 2000, Norlin Library recycled:
- 88,037 pounds paper
- 4,545 pounds commingled containers
By recycling, Norlin Library helped save:
- 748 40-foot fir trees
- 2,641 pounds of air pollutants
- 180,563 kilowatt hours of electricity
- 138.9 cubic yards of landfill space
- 883.6 gallons of gasoline
- 308,128 gallons of water