NYU’s commitment to waste minimization goes back decades. New York City passed the first of its many recycling laws in 1989, and in 1990, NYU established its Recycling Program, which has since become a model for institutionalized recycling in New York City. The Recycling Program was the impetus for a university-wide sustainability initiative.
Mixed recycling bins are for all paper, glass, plastic and metal.
All food and liquids should be emptied into composting bins (if available) or landfill bins before placing item in recycling.
Composting bins are for all food products and food soiled items.
Landfill bins are for all items that cannot go into Mixed Recycling, Composting or Technoscrap bins.
If composting bins are not available dispose of food waste and food soiled items in Landfill bins.
Technoscrap bins are for tech and industrial items.
On average NYU generates about 350 tons of solid waste and 140 tons of recycling per month. About 60% of NYU’s landfilled waste is compostable, while 28% of it is recyclable material. We have the potential to reduce landfilled 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 have included: