Purpose: This document outlines the recycling effort on
Background: Recycling is mandatory in New Jersey and at Seton Hall
University. As part of South Orange, the university must comply with
all local ordinances and policies on recycling. The current goal is to
recycle 25% of trash as recycled material. The following items are
Computer paper, white paper, shredded paper
- Recycling starts with every individual on campus. Each person will
separate trash and recycling at the source.
- Recycling activities at SHU currently do not generate any money,
but they do avoid costs of removing trash from campus. The current
arrangements allow for recycled products to be picked up at no cost to
the university, but no profits are realized either. Recycling of any
item makes sense. It is conserving natural resources; reducing litter,
reducing disposal costs; and complying with the law. Recycling reduces
pollution and saves money.
- Glass produced through recycling reduces air pollution by 20% and
water pollution by 50%.
- Manufacturing disposable bottles requires three times as much
energy as manufacturing reusable or recyclable containers.
- Recycling aluminum saves up to 95 of the energy required to produce
aluminum from ore.
- The energy saved by recycling one aluminum can operate a television
for three hours.
- Aluminum produced through recycling reduces air pollution by
- Discarded aluminum cans litter the earth for up to 500 years.
- Discarded plastic litter the earth forever.
- Each building has separate containers for trash, paper
and combined glass, aluminum and plastic.
- The co-mingled recyclable materials (glass, aluminum, and
plastic) are collected in the residence halls, office buildings and
classroom building. It is collected on a daily basis by Temco in clear
bags and brought outside the building.
- Facilities Engineering (DFE) collects the bags on a daily
basis and transports them to one of the established recycling
- Paper is sorted at the source and collected according to
type. The large users of computer paper will save the paper in boxes
and call the pick up firm when their storage area is full. Almost any
type of office paper can be saved for recycling. Each office should
have two trash cans; one for white, recyclable paper and the other for
trash. These will be emptied daily by Temco and stacked in bags in
separate piles. DFE will collect these bags and transport them to the
large bin located behind the Recreation Center. When this container is
full, an outside firm (South Orange Disposal) will remove the
- There are several large volume paper shredders on campus.
The shredded material is bagged and stored in the area of the shredder.
When the area is full, the owner calls Temco to remove the bags.
- Cardboard is saved by the major sources, the Bookstore
and Gourmet Dinning. The user will flatten the boxes and tie them in
bundles. DFE will then pick up these bundles and transport them to the
cardboard compactor behind the University Center.
- Facilities Engineering will recycle all leaves, branches
and grass clippings. They will be deposited into an open vegetation box
near the rear of the Recreation Center.
- Facilities Engineering will recycle waste oil. The oil
will be stored in a 55 gal drum in the grounds garage. When full, the
drum will be hauled away by an outside firm and a new empty drum will
be placed in the garage.
- Facilities Engineering will recycle all scrap metal by
placing it in an open box behind the Recreation Center.
February 7, 2003