The Start of Standardizing UNL’s Recycling

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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One of our goals, as the Office of Sustainability, has been to make sustainable behavior the easy choice. Through surveys, student engagement, and waste audits we were able to see that sometimes making the sustainable choice is not that simple. Overall, the UNL community wants to increase the recycling rate, unfortunately, it is hard to keep up with the ever changing recycling world. Another barrier to successful waste diversion is the lack of uniformity in containers and materials recycled throughout the university.  With these challenges in mind, a project to standardize the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s recycling system was set up.

The Summer and  Fall of 2019 were busy times for the Office of Sustainability. In order to carry out the ambitious plan of standardizing the recycling system, we were going to need money. The office applied for two big grants, The Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) Grant and the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant, through the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE). Not only were we working hard on the grant applications, we were also attending tabling events for faculty, staff, and students.

We were ecstatic to find found that we received both grants! All that hard work definitely paid off. We are so thankful to The Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy for their support. We are looking forward to what this project will bring and will continue to update the status of this project.