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Introduction to Waste and Recycling

Earth Day

Facilities Management oversees the daily collection of waste and all recycling efforts to ensure an environmentally safe and compliant campus. The department manages the removal of all solid waste and trash from offices, classrooms and commons areas with self-contained trash compactors that enable the safe and easy removal of waste.

Drexel University implemented its first recycling program in 1997. Today, more than 30% of the University's waste stream — over 900 tons a year — is being recycled. Drexel recycles mixed paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, scrap metal and hazardous-type materials such as fluorescent lamps, motor oil, printer toner cartridges, paint, industrial batteries, computers, electrical equipment and tires. The recycling program also operates a composting center to aid in the removal of cut grass, leaves and tree limbs from the waste stream.