Taking care of the environment is an important part of what we do in Facilities Management. Through Duke Recycles, Duke diverts more than 1,200 tons of traditional recyclables like magazines or aluminum from the Durham landfill every year, including many non-traditional recyclables, such as food compost, motor oil and tires. Recycling these items reduces our waste stream by an additional 5,000 tons.
Led by Morgan Bachman, coordinator for Recycling and Waste Reduction, Duke Recycles collects more than 1,500 bins that contain anything from paper to glass to packing peanuts. What can be recycled?
Recycling locations can be found outside many residence halls, in Central Campus laundry areas and in university common areas. Students also have a small bucket in their rooms to collect items to carry to the nearest drop-off location. If you cannot find a location or wish to add a location, please call (919) 660-1448.
What Can Be Recycled?
Duke University supports single stream recycling, which means that paper, cardboard, metal, plastic and glass products can be commingled in any recycling bin on campus. See a full list of what can and cannot be recycled at Duke.
Duke Recycles offers several services to assist with the recycling needs of students, faculty and staff. For more information or to request a service, call (919) 660-1448.
Duke is moving to a deskside/mini-bin program to divert more recyclables away from the landfill. In this system, the larger blue bin is for mixed recyclable material, and the smaller black attachment is for trash.
When students return to their dorms during the fall, Duke Recycles collects vast quantities of cardboard boxes from across campus. During the two weeks of student move-in, Duke Recycles, with the help of Grounds and Sanitation collects and processes many tens of tons of cardboard.
Move-Out for Charity
For two weeks in May, Duke Recycles accepts donations of clothes, shoes, furniture, appliances and many other vital resources from students and the items are donated to local charities
Duke Recycles provides recycling bins outside Cameron Indoor Stadium for die-hard fans living in tents to get basketball tickets for Duke basketball games.
Special Events Recycling
Recycling bins can be put in place to accommodate any special event that may be taking place on campus.
Bins for Office Cleanouts
Recycling bins are available on request for office/departmental cleanouts. Call us to request a bin delivery.
The Free Store (office supplies surplus)
Office supplies not needed by a department can be made available to other departments and area non-profit agencies at no charge. Call (919) 660-1448 for more information or to set up an appointment to view an item. The surplus building is located at 117 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Education & Outreach
Duke Recycles offers programs to help educate the Duke community on sustainable efforts. For more information, call (919) 660-1448.
Recycle for the Children
During football season, revenue from all recyclables collected at games goes to benefit Duke Children’s Hospital. Kids are encouraged to collect stadium drink cups for prizes. Volunteers from campus and local organizations encourage tailgaters to recycle before games and help clean up after games.
Environmental Management Advisory Committee (EMAC)
The Environmental Management Advisory Committee is a clearinghouse for environmental projects happening on campus, and coordinates environmental projects of their own. The committee is comprised of individuals representing students, academia, campus administrative services and the Health System. The group also recognizes students and employees throughout Duke every year with awards honoring a commitment to sustainability.
Numerous events are scheduled throughout the month of April to educate participants in environmental stewardship. Some of the activities include “garbologies,” alternative-fueled vehicle displays, compost giveaways, e-waste recycling day and an Arbor Day and From the Ground Up project.
Duke G.R.O.W.S. is an event co-hosted by Duke Recycles and the Grounds department to beautify an area of campus with the help of students.