Tennessee State University
Recycling Program and Objectives
Middle Tennessee State University as a higher education institution has an
obligation and is committed to being a good environmental steward by protecting
and improving the environment through a program of recycling. MTSU recycles a
variety of commonly used materials, minimizing non-hazardous waste, and
encouraging practices consistent with protection of the environment in order to
conserve energy, recover resources, protect the environment, save on disposal
costs, and generate revenue for scholarships. Members of the university
community, students, faculty, administrative and support staff, and visitors,
are entitled to a healthy academic and workplace environment.
The Facilities Services Department
through the Center for Energy Efficiency is responsible for implementation of
the recycling program to reduce the generation of solid waste for the campus and
the local community and to support an environmentally conscious campus.
The Center for Energy Efficiency
is responsible for management of the recycling program and coordination of those
waste reduction efforts for the campus as appropriate
The Center for Energy Efficiency
accepted transfer of the successful recycling program, in existence for more
than 25 years, from the MTSU Biology Department in 2005.
The entire campus is encouraged to
participate in the recycling and waste minimizing effort in order to
maximize the recycling effort and accomplish the campus recycling
objectives: to conserve energy, recover resources, protect the environment,
save on disposal costs, and generate revenue for scholarships.
Cooperation of individual faculty, staff,
and students is essential to continue the recycling programís success.
Funds generated through recycling efforts
support the program and fund scholarships.
The recycling program coordinates collection
of recyclables from over 75 on-campus and off-campus sites, including many
city and county offices, and local businesses. The recycling program also
accepts recyclables from individuals in the local community.
The Center for Energy Efficiency is
responsible for coordinating all recycling activities, including collection
and pick-up of materials to be recycled, staff to ensure pick-up in a timely
manner, storage of materials prior to sale, contact with vendors regarding
shipment and payments, and promotion of recycling on campus.
Campus and community materials recycled
include aluminum cans, mixed and white paper, newspaper, magazines, printer
cartridges, cardboard, phone books, maintenance metals, and additional items
Containers in buildings and at collection
sites are not located to cause unsafe conditions.
Facilities Services Department
recycling also includes fluorescent light materials (lamps and ballasts),
batteries, motor oil, pallets, yard waste, roofing materials, and additional
items as implemented.
Recognizing that reduction in
waste is preferable to recycling, the university is encouraged
to purchase recycled content
supplies and materials (green purchasing) whenever cost, specifications,
standards, and availability are comparable to products without recycled content
by identifying those items frequently purchased for which items with recycled
content can be substituted.
to develop design guidelines to
include recycling initiatives in renovation and construction activities,
including construction and demolition debris.
The MTSU recycling program has
received support from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation,
receiving the donation of more than 65 recycling bins.
The MTSU recycling program has benefitted
from Sustainable Campus Fee project funding.