We have various program components within the Recycling Department ranging from composting, general recycling pickup, education and construction and demolition recycling.  We are deeply committed to “greening” the university through all that we do. 

In addition to our in-house programs, we work closely with students, faculty and staff to implement new ideas and increase sustainability on campus.  Below is an overview, but you can click on the menu to the left for more detailed information.

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  • Our composting program has been in place since 2000.  Currently we collect leftover food waste from Crown Commons and South Village which is collected and sent to Earth Farms to be turned into compost.  To learn more, click the menu on the left.
  • Our Construction and Demolition program was started in 2005.  It’s designed to create re-use or recycling opportunities from construction and re-modeling projects on campus.  If either of those aren’t an option, this material is transported to a special C&D landfill, keeping it out of our Municipal Landfills.   
  • The campus community at UNC Charlotte consists of about 30,000 people.  With new faculty, staff and students every year, it’s important to continue to educate everyone about our services, volunteer opportunities, significance of our environment on an ongoing basis.                                                                                                                   
  • Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.  This is the order in which we should treat our resources.  Even though we have an award winning Recycling program, we can also focus more on the other two components.  For Re-use, we have a program called the “Take it or Leave it” tour.  It is designed to reduce waste on campus by giving items that are still in useable condition a second chance.  If you have something that just isn’t ready to be thrown away and you don’t know what to do with it, contact us for assistance.