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Waste Minimization

GVSU Initiatives
Composting Campus dining composts food waste and compostable food and beverage containers in several of its locations. Efforts so far have reduced the amount of trash sent to a landfill by about 10,000 pounds each week.
Project Donation When students move out at the end of each year, they often discover several unwanted items. The Facilities Services Department coordinates with local nonprofit organizations to set up donation boxes on campus for students to donate items like furniture, clothing, and food. Even electronics, which are reused or recycled by Comprenew, (a local e-waste recycler) can be donated.
Recycling Grand Valley recycles paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, metal, batteries, and computers. Recycling bins are located throughout the housing units, classrooms, student centers, and office buildings. Over the last five years, GVSU has doubled its recycling rate. Each winter GVSU competes against other universities nationally in the Recyclemania competition to see who can recycle the most. Check out last year's totals and information at out Recyclemania page.
Paper Reduction Efforts Duplex printing is the default option in most computer labs on campus. The transition to duplex printing saved more than nine million sheets of paper in its first year. Paper usage has also been reduced in the classroom as a result of the Blackboard website, where students can obtain class readings or submit assignments electronically.