waste

NYU’s commitment to waste minimization can be traced back to 1990, when NYU first established its recycling program after New York City passed its first recycling laws in 1989. NYU's recycling program has since become a model for institutionalized recycling in New York City.

WHAT GOES WHERE?

Recycling

Mixed Recycling

All paper, glass, plastic and metal items

Items include: Magazines | Newspapers | Paper | Clean cardboard boxes | Food & drink cartons | Soda cans | Aluminum foil | Plastic bottles | Glass bottles & jars

Note: All food & liquids should be emptied into composting bins (if available) or landfill bins before placing item in recycling. Before items are placed in recycling, please be sure they are empty and clean.  

Composting

Composting

All food products and food soiled items

Items include: All food including fish, meat and cheese | Used paper plates and napkins | Pizza boxes and paper take out containers | Compostable cups and utensils | Coffee grounds and filters | Tea bags

Note: If composting bins are not available, please dispose of food waste & food soiled items in Landfill bins.

Technoscrap

Technoscrap

All tech and industrial items

Items include: Ink and toner cartridges | Batteries | Jewel cases | CDs and DVDs | All types of cables and wires | Cameras | Cell Phones

Landfill

Landfill

All items that cannot go into Mixed Recycling, Composting or Technoscrap bins

Items include: Styrofoam

WASTE DIVERSION

Waste

On average, NYU generates about 350 tons of solid waste and 140 tons of recycling per month. About 60% of NYU’s landfill waste is compostable, while 28% of it is recyclable material. We have the potential to reduce landfill waste to only 7% of our total. Emissions of carbon dioxide and methane emissions associated with the landfilling and incineration of NYU’s municipal solid waste stream currently accounts for 1.9% of NYU’s direct greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste reduction measures across campus include:

  • Food waste composting program in dining facilities coupled with tray-less dining
  • Removal of bottled water from student meal plans
  • Expansion of collection stations for recycling
  • Pairing landfill with recycling bins
  • Identifying source reduction opportunities
  • Educating the NYU community

MIXED RECYCLING AT NYU

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This video provides an inside look at Action Carting's Optional Sorting System. Action Carting is NYU's waste carter, or who collects and manages NYU's waste.