Sort-It-Out: Waste Separation Guidelines
At Champlain College we strive to reduce waste in a variety of ways. We encourage our community to take the time to learn what goes where, and then sort it out. Our collective efforts are making a difference. Our main waste separation categories are Reuse, Recycling, Hazardous/Electronic Waste Recycling, Compost and Trash. So please, know before you throw!
WHERE TO FIND THE PROPER BIN
Trash & Recycling: Each building on campus contains various black or gray trash bins and blue recycling bins
Electronic Waste: Blue column containers found in Lakeside second floor, Hauke entry, IDX Fireside Lounge, MIC entry and Ireland entry or the small brown buckets found in each residence hall main lounge/hallway
Compost: Green bins found in Fireside Lounge, Hauke Conference Room, Aiken Conference Room, MIC (Library), Lakeside Cantina & coffee areas, Perry Hall kitchenettes, main compost chute in the Cafeteria; Juniper, Butler & Valcour Halls
Need a bin or labels/signage for existing bins? Contact us.
What to do with?
Click on the items below to find out more.
Have a bike you no longer want? Contact our Transportation Office and they'll gladly assist in repurposing the bike.
We collect books of all types (text books, popular reading, etc.) to be sent to Better World Books. There are collections at the end of each semester, but books can also be sent to the Sustain Champlain office at any time during the year.
For college-owned equipment, the Information Systems Office and the Helpdesk re-purpose older (but still functioning) machines either within the Champlain community or with a partnering organization. If the machine no longer functions, it will be recycled with Good Point Recycling. Personal computers can be taken to ReSource on Pine Street.
Have more paperclips than you need? Looking for a notebook for class? Check out the Swap Shelf, in the entryway near the Mailroom in Cushing Hall.
Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, etc. can be brought to the Mailroom in the basement of Cushing Hall.
Put in a work order for Physical Plant to pick up furniture you no longer need. Unused furniture is stored at the Physical Plant warehouse at 40 Sears Lane , which is also a great place to 'shop' if you are in need of something.
Have clothing or other items you're looking to donate or consign? Here are several donation or consignment shops in the area.
- Goodwill—clothes, household items, etc.
- ReSource—household items, appliances, building materials, etc.
- Second Time Around—clothing for consignment
- Computers for Change—they buy laptops
- Bike Recycle Vermont—bikes
- Outdoor Gear Exchange—gear and clothing consignment
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore—household items
- Replays—clothing, household items
- Dirt Chic—clothing consignment
- Front Porch Forum—online network of neighbors around Burlington, through which people can learn of places to donate or sell unwanted items, in addition to learning about other happenings around the neighborhood
- Freecycle—a website where people can give and get stuff for free, in attempts to reduce good stuff from ending up in landfills
Champlain has an "All-in-One" Recycling program where primary recyclables (paper, plastic, glass and tin) can all go into one bin. They are sorted out down the road at the Materials Recovery Facility. Check out this short film to see how it works. See this detailed poster for more information.
The following food and beverage containers can be recycled in the bins throughout all buildings on campus.
- Glass bottles and jars (food and beverage only; all colors)
- Steel, metal or "tin" cans
- Aluminum cans (soda, beer, etc)
- Aluminum foil and pie plates
- Plastic bottles and jugs (All Numbers)
- Plastic Dairy tubs (yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine, etc.)
- Clear plastic hinged "take out" containers
- Hard Plastic Frozen-Food Trays
- Plastic containers must be more than 2" on any 2 sides.
- Plastic flower pots
- Plastic lids larger than 2" in diameter
- EMPTY ALL LIQUIDS
- RINSE ALL ITEMS CLEAN
- LABELS ARE OKAY
DO NOT PUT IN RECYCLE BIN:
- Small plastic caps or lids
- "Bio-degradable" or PLA-plastic
- Glass light bulbs, dishes, ceramics or drinking glasses.
- Plastic utensils, cups or plates
- Plastic bags or "film" plastics
- Styrofoam cups or plates.
- Plastic toys or household items
- Motor oil containers (discard as trash)
For more detailed guidelines, visit the CSWD's A to Z guide and recycling specifications.
Cardboard boxes must be emptied and flattened. Office staff must place boxes next to the recycling bins inside buildings. Custodial staff will bring boxes to designated cardboard dumpsters located outside.
PLEASE DO RECYCLE:
- Corrugated cardboard—has the "wavy" layers inside
- Pizza boxes are okay, as long as they are not greasy.
- Soda cartons.
- 6-pack, 12-pack or 24-pack boxes
PLEASE DO NOT RECYCLE:
- Wax coated boxes, such as broccoli boxes.
- "Yellow" cardboard
- Pizza crust, food, napkins
- Excessive packing tape or duct tape
Departments must make their own arrangements for shredding confidential papers to safeguard the security of confidential information. If your office shreds paper on site, please leave shredded paper in clear plastic bags and place next to the recycling bins in your central recycling collection area. This helps to minimize mess and litter from the little bits of paper that tend to blow around outside and at the recycling facility. The shredded paper will get recycled. There are SecureShred boxes in several locations on campus (Skiff Hall, Perry Hall, Lakeside).
Food-grade glass bottles and jars that held food or beverages can be recycled in the same bin along with plastic bottles and metal cans.
PLEASE DO RECYCLE:
- Glass bottles (e.g., beverage, juice bottles)
- Glass jars (e.g., spaghetti sauce, peanut butter jars)
- EMPTY ALL LIQUIDS AND FOODS
- REMOVE CAPS AND LIDS
- LABELS ARE OKAY
DO NOT RECYCLE:
- Pyrex or high-temperature glass
- Laboratory glass
- Plate glass, mirror or window glass.
- Light bulbs
Receiving snail mail you don't need, such as credit card offers or catalogs? Simply place it in the Junk Mail boxes in the Mailroom and we'll get your name removed from the mailing lists. Want to do it yourself? Click here.
Many types of paper can be recycled together. Put these materials in any recycling bin found throughout all buildings on campus.
PLEASE DO RECYCLE:
- Glossy Magazines and Catalogs
- Computer/Copier Paper
- Writing Paper
- Envelopes (Windows okay)
- Opened "Junk Mail"
- Manila Folders
- Staples are okay
DO NOT PUT IN RECYCLE BINS:
- Tissues, Kleenex or paper towels
- Photographs or resin-coated papers
- NCR or "carbonless" paper
- Plastic transparencies or film
- Food or candy wrappers
- Paper cups, plates or any paper that has come in direct contact with food or the human body!
- Rubberbands or large metal clips
- Pendaflex Folders
- Carbon Paper
Batteries are found in numerous electronic devices, cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, computers, watches, cameras, etc. Batteries may contain any of several heavy metals, including mercury, lead, nickel, zinc or cadmium. They may also include corrosive liquids (sulfuric acid) or reactive metals (lithium).
For this reason, batteries on the Champlain campus should not be put in the regular trash or recycle bins. Please place batteries in the blue E-Waste Collection tubes found in IDX, MIC, Hauke, Ireland, and Lakeside or the small brown buckets found in each residence hall main lounge/hallway.
"E-waste" is used to describe all the spent supplies and obsolete accessories associated with computers and electronics. E-Waste includes storage devices, CDs, floppy disks, hard drives, Zip disks, cell phones, iPods, cables, cords, parts of circuit boards, video tapes, PDAs, etc.
Please don't throw your E-Waste in the regular garbage or recycling bins. Keep these materials separate so we can recycle valuable resources, keep hazardous materials out of the landfill and ensure protection of privacy since the recycling company shreds the electronic media we send them. Please place small electronics in the blue E-Waste Collection tubes found in IDX, MIC, Hauke, Ireland and Lakeside or the small brown buckets found in each residence hall main lounge/hallway.
See the e-waste poster.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury. If your bulb no longer works, wrap bulbs in a manner to minimize risk of breakage and put in a work order to have Physical Plant pick it up. For students in the residence halls: have your RA contact Physical Plant to have it picked up.
If a fluorescent light bulb breaks, do not use a vacuum cleaner to clean it up. Wear disposable rubber gloves, if available. Carefully scoop up the fragments and the mercury (white) powder with stiff paper or cardboard. Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipe. Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces and the powder. Place all parts of the broken fluorescent bulb, towels and tape in a clear plastic bag. Wash your hands afterward.
If you have toner, laser or inkjet cartridges that you cannot send back to be refilled (often an option for many of our large copiers, so check here if Symquest will take them back) you can either drop them off in the copy room in the basement of Skiff, 2nd floor mailroom at Lakeside or the Helpdesk office in Rowell Annex. You can also bring them to Staples on Rt. 2/Main Street to be recycled. Learn more information about the recycling program at Staples.
Many people ask what do to about K-cups? Here are a couple of options:
1. Use the refillable cups such as these.
2. Send them to be recycled through the Grounds to Grow On program. Champlain's Information Systems department currently supports the recycling boxes found in Rowell Annex and Lakeside.
3. Keep an eye out for a compostable version.
See this article by Sustainable America for more information...
Composting is a process that takes organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, and turns it into a nutrient-rich soil. At Champlain College, food waste is collected each day and taken to a large scale composting site, Green Mountain Compost operated by the Chittenden Solid Waste District, for composting.
Food waste is collected in the following locations: the Cafeteria, MIC (Library), Aiken Conference Room, IDX Fireside Lounge, Hauke Conference Room, Lakeside Cantina & coffee areas; Butler/Valcour/Juniper Halls.
|DO Compost||Do NOT Compost|
At most of our catered events we use plates and cups that can be composted, in addition to any food waste. The compostable cups will have a #7 on the bottom of the cup. If it is a #6, it is real plastic, and should be placed in a recycling bin. Compost is collected in the following locations: the Cafeteria, MIC (Library), Aiken Conference Room, IDX Fireside Lounge, Hauke Conference Room, Lakeside Cantina & coffee areas; Butler/Valcour/Juniper Halls. What is accepted? See the detailed list here or poster here.
As for what gets sent to the landfill (located in Coventry, VT), it is basically anything that cannot be reused, recycled, or composted (from your candy bar wrapper to bubblegum to plastic wrap to styrofoam). There are a number of items that are not on the lists above that can be reused, recycled, or composted—so contact us if you have a question. Our goal is to really limit what we send to that big hole in the ground!
Thanks to the UVM Recycling Office for some content.
Still Unsure?Contact us with your questions.