Recycling & Waste

USD currently diverts about 60% of our waste from the landfills, placing in the top 10% for recycling with other universities in the country. This is a great achievement but we can always do our part to reach higher. Look for the blue recycling bins around campus and help us increase our waste diversion rate.


USD has single-stream recycling which means that all recycling can go into one bin. These blue bins are located around campus and in every dorm area and classroom. You can recycle all plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, or glass into the blue bins around USD. E-waste, toner cartridges, and batteries should not be thrown in the recycling but dropped off at the Electronic Recycling Center.


In the student housing areas, each room is supplied with a blue recycle bin and a trash can with labeling to indicate which items go in which can. Each residential hall area has a trash and recycling dumpster for students. Housekeeping staff is trained to keep separate the refuse when they are collecting from common areas.


The university promotes composting with the communal compost bin located by the university garden near one of the main student housing areas. Students or employees are able to empty their compost materials in the bin. The compost by-products are used by the Be Blue Go Green Garden Club to tend to the garden.


USD has an extensive list of conservation and recycling programs currently in operation throughout the campus that include: Mixed Paper Recycling, Commingled Aluminum, Metal, Glass, and Plastic bottles and cans Recycling, Corrugated Cardboard, Carpet recycling, Wood Pallet Diversion, Waste Oil Recycling, Anti-freeze Recycling, Event Recycling (Sports games, student events, etc.), Green Waste Recycling, Material Recovery (redistribute, reuse or donate surplus office supplies, equipment & furniture), Water Conservation (low-flow showerheads, faucets, toilets, timed irrigation, etc.), Energy Conservation (“Green Lights Program”).


Some internal programs and services offered to the USD community and public through Electronic Recycling Center include: used battery recycling, electronic waste recycling (computers, printers, etc.), inkjet and toner cartridge recycling, fluorescent tube, and compact fluorescent bulb and ballast recycling.



Reducing Waste: Printing and Copying


The cost of printing in USD libraries is 6 cents a page for black and white and 35 cents per page for color. Patrons pay for their print jobs with Campus Cash by swiping their USD ID cards. Those who do not have a USD ID card can purchase a “gift card” for $1.00 from a campus card services terminal located in Olin Hall or at the the Campus Card Services office in UC 127. USD users can add Campus Cash to their cards at the those locations or online using a credit card.


Recycled Content Purchasing


USD Procurement assists Facilities Management and Information Technology Services with a recycling program that recognizes that recycled content products are essential for an environmentally sound production system. This includes but is not limited to:
-Products for which the United States Environmental Protection Agency has established minimum recycled content standard guidelines.
-Copiers and printers that can be used with recycled content products.
-Recycled electronic product program.
-Recycled content transportation products to include signs, cones, parking stops and parking signs.