Ashland University Completes Campus Waste Audit

Ashland University Completes Campus Waste Audit

 

11/13/12 ASHLAND, Ohio - On Friday, Nov. 9, Ashland University participated in an all-campus waste audit to determine how many recyclables are being thrown out in the University’s trash. This event was held in celebration of America Recycles Day and it provided an awareness of recycling on campus.

All trash from academic and residential buildings, except for Senior Apartments, College Avenue Apartments, and Kettering fourth floor labs, rooms 113 & 305 trash, was collected and put on display on the Clark and Kilhefner halls patio from 9-12 pm to show the AU community how much trash is generated in one day. Bathroom trash also was omitted due to health and safety precautions.

After initially weighing the trash, the trash was sorted by building for its recyclables that were thrown away. The recyclables were removed, and the trash was reweighed. The percentage of recyclables in the trash was determined by dividing the poundage of recyclables thrown away by the initial trash weight. The following list is shows all buildings that participated and how well they recycled:  

Rank

Building

Total Trash Collected, lbs

Recycling in Trash, lbs

Should have been Recycled, %

1

Troop Center

15

2

13

2

Center for the Arts

25

4

16

3

The House

6.4

1.4

22

4

Clark

46.6

11.6

25

5

Kem

78.4

21.4

27

6

Kates

7

2

29

7

Facilities

16

5

31

8

Tau Kappa Epsilon

4.4

1.4

32

9

Phi Delta Theta

11.8

3.8

32

10

Bixler

7.7

2.7

35

11

Clayton

76.2

27.2

36

12

Phi Kappa Psi

9.6

3.6

38

13

Library

23

14

39

14

Patterson

23

14

39

15

Dauch/Gill

28.4

11.4

40

16

Jacobs

77

35

45

17

Kilhefner

82

38

46

18

Myers

51

24

47

19

College of Education

56

27

48

20

Student Center

79

43

54

21

Andrews 1 & Claremont Office

6.8

3.8

56

22

Amstutz

81

47

58

23

Kettering & Jacob's Classroom

25

16

64

24

Andrews 2 & 3

15.8

10.8

68

25

Phys Ed & Fieldhouse

42

33

79

26

Recreation Center

73

60

82

27

Chapel/Rinehart Center

12.4

10.4

84

28

Founders

19.6

16.6

85

The Recycling Department would like to thank everyone on campus for doing their part and recycling. This event raised our awareness on how much is thrown away, and where the Ashland University campus can improve to promote sustainability through recycling.

With 999.1 pounds of trash thrown away in ONE day, and 430.8 pounds of recycling that was in the trash, overall as a campus, faculty, staff and students threw away 43 percent of materials that should have been recycled.

Everyone can make a difference if they are more aware of what is actually being thrown away, so the Recycling Department would like to provide administration and faculty with small bins for their offices, if needed. The department also encourages students to recycle more, as it is easy, good for the environment, and benefits students and the university financially. Please contact the Recycling Department at ext. 5745 for a bin or any questions/suggestions.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###