History

  • 1990:  A student group starts collecting aluminum cans as an initiative to begin a campus recycling program. 

  • 1990:  Students in Witherspoon begin the first residence hall recycling program on campus. 

  • 1992: UNC Charlotte administrators are able to create a full-time position and hire a Recycling Coordinator.

  • 1992: UNC Charlotte expands the recycling program in the academic areas, making paper recycling more comprehensive. 

  • 1993: Former Governor Hunt signed an executive order encouraging state agencies to reduce waste by recycling (Senate Bill 111 and House Bill 1109)

  • 1992:  The Recycling Department organizes the first annual UNC Charlotte Earth Day Festival.

  • 1996:  As the program continues to grow, the Department is able to hire a Crew Team Leader to help organize and supervise the students collecting recycling.

  • 1998:  The current Recycling Coordinator, Shannon Caveny-Cox, joins the Department as the Office Manager. 

  • 1998:  The Recycling Department participates in its first America Recycles Day.

  • 2000:  Our current Recycling Supervisor, Lee Arnold, begins as a Recycling Technician. 

  • 2000:  The Department implements two new programs: composting at one campus dining hall, and "Move-Out for Charity".

  • 2001:  Dot Munson is hired as a Recycling Technician and remains in the Department as an Advanced Technician today. 

  • 2001:  Kelly Freshcorn, our current Recycling Program Manager, is hired as a student worker and becomes a Recycling Technician when she graduates from UNC Charlotte in 2002. 

  • 2002: The second Recycling Technician was hired to handle the increasing amount of recycled materials on campus. 

  • 2002: The Chancellor signed the Recycling Policy (Policy 713) making it mandatory for campus faculty and staff to recycle. 

  • 2005:  The Construction and Demolition Recycling Program is established to help accommodate the increase of construction on campus. 

  • 2005:  A Recycling student worker starts Earth Club, a student environmental group. It is advised by the Recycling Department and remains so to this day.

  • 2005: 'Take-it or Leave-it" Program starts as a way for the campus to reuse objects that might normally be thrown away.

  • 2008:  A campus Green Fee, currently two dollars per student per semester, is passed, paving the way for the Charlotte Green Initiative.

  • 2008: The bi-annual Campus Clean Up event starts, which continues to this day. 

  • 2009:  Due to budget constraints, trash cans are removed from classrooms and moved into common areas, where they are paired with recycling bins.

  • 2009:  The “Charlotte Green Initiative” was established.

  • 2011:  Removed larger trash cans and replaced with the “mini trash can.”

  • 2012 / 2013:  Worked closely with the Charlotte Green Initiative and campus staff to implement "Zero Waste Football."

  • 2013: Student Union opens and the pulped food from dining locations is sent to Earth Farms to be composted. 

  • 2013: Composting at Center City Building starts.

  • 2015: South Village Dining opens and pulped food is sent to Earth Farms to be composted.

  • 2016:  A new Universal Waste Building is constructed to handle items such as paint, batteries, and electronics.