Recycling and Waste Management
2003 to 2014 Yearly recycling weights
The EKU recycling program collects recyclable items known as targeted materials. For example, cardboard, mixed paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, Universal Waste Batteries, appliance goods (stoves, microwaves, stainless steel), electronic scrap (computers, wires, cables), most mixed metals (chairs, desks), hard plastics and scrap iron.
The Eastern Committee for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (ECRES) identifies and recommends best practices to develop sustainable policies at Eastern, and promotes waste minimization (zero waste) through resource conservation and increased recycling. Learn more about Eastern's green initative.
For the past 10 years, Habitat for Humanity of Madison/Clark County has realized rewards of Eastern's environmental stewardship efforts. In partnership with the cities of Berea and Richmond, Novelis of Berea, local businesses, religious groups and individuals, our recycling program donates cans that continue to build Habitat homes.
We encourage the University community to take the initiative to use the nearest recycling bin, instead of allowing your recyclables to sit in a landfill. Remember, a used aluminum can be recycled and back on the shelf as a new can in approximately 60 days! Making new cans from used cans takes 95% LESS energy than using virgin materials, so wherever you are, you can do your part to reduce the amount of recyclables and useful energy wasted by keeping our environment and our future in mind everyday!