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Waste Management

Waste Management

The waste generated on the Athens campus is managed in multiple ways.  Recycling, compost, landfilled waste and surplus items generated on campus are carefully and separately processed to allow the University to perform responsibly in regards to our waste management practices. Ohio University has a contract with Athens Hocking Recycling Centers  to haul recycling and landfill waste from the Athens campus.  Compost and surplus items are processed internally.  The following entities ensure quality control of our waste management practices. 


Office of Recycling and Zero Waste

The Office of Recycling and Zero Waste has set a goal of recycling 80% of the waste generated at Ohio University. Recycling and Zero Waste is responsible for maintaining, monitoring, troubleshooting and upgrading the recycling and waste at all campus buildings and grounds areas. Within these areas are 4,000 recycling units in residence halls consisting of 16,000 bins; 350 bins in apartments; and recycling containers in all offices and other areas in academic, administrative and support areas.
Recycling and Zero Waste Management coordinate many campus recyling and waste reduction activities throughout the academic year, such as:
- Annual move-in and move-out days at the residence hall
- Organize & participate in the annual RecycleMania national competition (OU helped start it!)
- Give presentations to students, faculty, and staff about campus recycling services
- Campus event recycling (athletics, conferences, etc.)


Compost Facility: 

Ohio University currently produces Class II Compost and Class IV Compost. The Class II compost facility is the largest known in-vessel composting system at any college or university in the nation.  Food waste generated in the dining halls on campus is taken to this facility where it is processed into nutrient-rich soil amendment and then used on campus grounds and sold to the public.   Learn more about this system.
Community members are encouraged to utilize the nutrient-rich soil amendment generated at the Class IV compost facility.   Learn how to purchase soil amendment from the compost facility.  
Do you know what happens to your food waste when you dine in the dining halls on campus?  Are you an office or department interested in creating your own office compost program?   Learn more about composting on campus.
Compost Facility Tours
Are you a faculty member interested in bringing your class up to the compost facility?  Are you a staff member at another institution looking to develop a compost facility?  Or, are you a student club interested in learning more about organics recycling?  The staff in the Office of Sustainability would be happy to support your goals by offering a tour of the facility for groups of 6 or more.   Schedule a tour of the facility by filling out a tour request form


Surplus Materials: 

All materials on campus that can be reused are transferred to the Office of Moving and Surplus. There, the items are placed into inventory and resold to the campus and community.