Equipment Surplus Program
Drexel's Equipment Surplus Program diverts office and lab equipment, furniture, and other items from the waste stream by offering these items for sale to the general public. This program produces $150,000 each year for Drexel in sales and cost avoidance. Before you start an office or lab renovation, or an equipment replacement process, check with the Equipment Surplus Program to see if they can help avoid sending reusable items into the waste stream.
Drexel works with PAR-Recycle Works to safely dispose of electronics on campus. PAR-Recycle Works is a non-profit electronics recycler that provides transitional employment to people returning from prison. PAR-Recycle Works deconstructs electronics and destroys data to generate revenue and pay their employees.
Campus Race to Zero Waste
Each spring, Drexel participates in the nationwide Campus Race to Zero Waste with an e-waste collection drive at all campus locations. If you have electronics to dispose of, consider doing this during Campus Race to Zero Waste. Look out for announcements during each winter term.
Visit the Real Estate and Facilities website for information about how recycling works at Drexel.
Here are some steps you can take to boost recycling on campus:
- Brush up on best practices. Did you know Drexel practices single-stream recycling? No need to sort your paper from plastic – it all goes to the same place. Visit drexel.edu/recycling for information and resources on what is (and is not) recycled at Drexel, how and where to recycle various materials, and how recyclables are processed. Then check out the Academy of Natural Sciences' "Recycling 101" blog post for an exhaustive list of tips to help you recycle better and smarter.
- Tell your friends. Print out the Drexel Recycling Guide [PDF] for your office, residence hall, trash room, common area, etc., and encourage others to recycle items they may not have realized were recyclable.
- Surrender your trashcan! Keep recycling bins handy but move trashcans to a centralized area in your office or residence hall. Making yourself (and your friends/colleagues) walk farther to throw something away increases the likelihood you'll opt for recycling.