Events and Opportunities

Volunteer staffing a recycle stationThere are many ways to get involved in waste reduction at OSU! Here are links so you can find an option that is right for you:

Want to connect one-on-one? Contact Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator, via email or at 541-737-5398.

Volunteer Opportunities

Who are the Waste Watchers?

Waste Watchers conducting a waste auditWaste Watchers is a joint group between Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative whose mission is to engage students and the community in waste reduction at OSU by providing educational programming, meaningful opportunities for action, and empowerment of future leaders.

You can become a Waste Watcher too by volunteering with us (see opportunities below)! Meet some of our volunteers in this video and see group leaders on our chair positions page.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Waste Watchers Meet 'n' Eat

  • Thursday, January 18, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • 206 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • You ready to join the Waste Watchers club and save the world from the scourge of waste?! Come by to nosh on pizza, meet fellow people who share your interests in sustainability and learn about our waste-fighting squad! Join the event on Facebook.
  • Interested but can't make it? Consider dropping by our winter term meetings on other Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm in the same location (206 SEC). Or contact Andrea Norris via email.

Waste Watchers Winter Meetings

  • Thursdays, January 11 - March 15,* 4:30-6:00 pm
  • 206 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • Join the league of the Waste Watchers - using our knowledge of recycling and sustainability we can educate others and fight the scourge of waste! This term we’re working on our Repair Fairs, RecycleMania and No Food Left Behind campaign! This club is free and open to all. Join the meetings on Facebook.
  • For more info, please contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.

*Exception: No meeting on February 15, as a Repair Fair will be hosted that day.

Winter Repair Fair

  • Thursday, February 15, shifts between 4:30 and 8:30 pm (see sign-up)
  • OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St.
  • Fill a support role: See sign-up form here for roles and shift openings.
  • Lend your fix it skills: Sign-up here.

Wasted Food Campaign Committee

  • Fridays, January 12 - March 16, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • 254 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • We launched a new campaign this year focused on reducing wasted food at OSU! This includes trialing new tactics in MarketPlace West Dining Hall and conducting new and creative outreach to the student body. If you want to lend skills you have and hone ones you don't, serving on the committee is a great way to gain experience in reducing wasted food, project management, designing experiments, conducting outreach, facilitating meetings, and more. Meetings are open to all.

For More Information

If you have questions about the Waste Watchers or volunteer opportunities, please contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.

Chair Positions with the Waste Watchers

2017-18 Leaders:

2017-18 Waste Watcher leaders

Jasmine Vasen, Membership Chair

Responsible for maintaining the Waste Watcher database. This includes entering new people and updating meeting attendance.

Matthew Bucy, Recruitment Chair

Responsible for recruiting new volunteers to join the team and/or fill specific volunteer needs. This includes being provided and/or setting recruitment goals to reach each term, implementing tactics to reach the goals, and staying current on the involvement opportunities with the group.

Cristina Riani, Social Chair

Responsible for planning and coordinating funsies (i.e. fun group activities) for the team. Includes planning funsies after most weekly meetings as well as three outside-of-meeting gatherings per term.

Ava Butler, Repair Fair Chair

Responsible for taking a lead role in planning Repair Fairs throughout the year, including recruiting support volunteers, coordinating demos and marketing for the event. The Repair Fair Chair may choose to alternate between each of these lead roles, or retain the same role throughout the year.

Waste Watchers Coordinators

  • Amanda Carlin ("Mandy"), Student Sustainability Initiative Waste Reduction Coordinator
  • Shannon Ritz ("Shannanigans"), Campus Recycling Outreach Assistant
  • Andrea Norris ("Dre"), Campus Recycling Marketing & Development Coordinator

Have a Leadership Role Idea?

If you are interested in leadership, but would like to focus on a different facet of waste reduction or group dynamics, then talk to us about creating a new position in the Waste Watchers!

For More Information:

Stop by during one of our weekly meetings and speak with a Waste Watcher coordinator, or email coordinator Andrea Norris.

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#BeavsRecycle

President Ray recycling at his desk#BeavsRecycle was a campaign that celebrated the high rates and long history of recycling at OSU:

  • Corvallis was the first city in Oregon to have curbside recycling.
  • OSU’s recycling program is over 45 years old!
  • In 2015-16, we recycled and composted over 4.5 million pounds.
  • OSU’s recycling rate is 53% higher than the national average, based on 2014 statistics.
  • OSU's mission is to promote "economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world."

The impact we make when we recycle:

  • Conserve natural resources.
  • Save water & energy.
  • Reduce methane emissions.
  • Create jobs.
  • Reduce landfill expenses.
  • Protect natural areas & wildlife.

How can you be involved?

  • So, you’re recycling! Are you doing it right? Make sure here.
  • Know where recycling bins are in your dorm/office. A list of recycling bins by building can be found here.
  • Audit trash from your building to identify areas of improvement for recycling. Contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398 to get started.
  • Request additional recycling bins using our service request form.
  • Request signs by contacting Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.
  • Join the conversation on social media by posting and sharing; see what has already been shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Join the #BeavsRecycle planning committee, which meets weekly. Contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398 for details.

The #BeavsRecycle campaign was coordinated by the student group the Waste Watchers. Learn more about the group here.

 

Beyond Earth Day

Visit the Beyond Earth Day website to learn more.

Master Recycler Class

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Description

Republic Services of Corvallis and OSU Campus Recycling sponsor the Master Recycler Class, an eight-week program that covers all aspects of waste reduction.

This non-credit class is free to residents of Linn and Benton County who agree to “pay back” what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of course completion. Volunteer opportunities are as varied as staffing a booth at local events, leading recycling workshops, and volunteering with local reuse agencies. Class space is limited.

2018 Class Schedule

The 2018 class will be held on these dates on the OSU campus:

  • 8 required classes on Tuesday nights, January 9 through February 27 at 6:15 - 9:00 pm
  • 2 required Saturday field trips (January 20, 9 am - 12:30 pm and February 17, 9 am - 1 pm)
  • 1 optional weekday field trip (Thursday, February 1, 8 am - 3 pm)

Course materials can be found on the Course Documents page.

Photos from Previous Years

Click on images to enlarge.

Master Recyclers at our recycling sorting facility     Master Recyclers tour our landfill

For More Information:

Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

Rachel Snyder, 541-286-3331
Recycling Outreach & Education Coordinator, Republic Services of Corvallis

Master Recycler Class Documents

Syllabus

2018 Class Materials

Please complete readings and reflections prior to each class. Presentations will be posted as they become available.

January 9 - Course Overview and Landfill

January 16 - Composting and Vermicomposting

Saturday, January 20 - Field Trip: Landfill & PRC (Required)

  • Meet at the Corvallis Republic Services main parking lot (view on Google Maps) by 9:00 am. We will be back by 12:30 pm.

January 23 - Waste Reduction and Reuse

January 30 - Recycling: Curbside Collection

Class was rescheduled to February 27 (see below).

Thursday, February 1 - Field Trip: MRF and Glass to Glass (Optional)

  • Meet at the Corvallis Republic Services main parking lot (view on Google Maps) by 8:00 am. We will be back by 3:00 pm.

February 6 - Recycling: Special Materials

February 13 - Household Hazardous Waste

Saturday, February 17 - Field Trip: OSU Sustainability (Required)

February 20 - Community Sustainability

February 27 - Recycling: Curbside Collection

(This class was rescheduled after being canceled on January 30.)

March 6 - Pay Back Plans and Potluck

(This class was pushed out one week due to January 30 class cancelation. Attendance is optional but strongly encouraged.)

  • Please bring a potluck dish to share and your own reusable serving ware set!
  • Reading: Chp 8: Community Outreach
  • Reflection: Pages 157-158
  • Project breakout group topics:
    • Develop an online source for updates and current recycling info
    • Letter-writing campaign regarding store packaging
    • Facilitate a community-based tool swap or rental option(s)
    • Broaden and promote local repair opportunities
  • Resource: Tips for Speaking with the Public
  • Resource: Possible Payback Hours

 

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RecycleMania at OSU

RecycleMania logoRecycleMania is a national and civil war recycling competition between universities that runs for eight weeks every winter term.

The 2018 competition spans eight weeks, February 4 - March 31, 2018.

Quick Links:

View RecycleMania results   View RecycleMania calendar   View RecycleMania Hall Competition   Learn more about RecycleMania   View our online recycle guide

Results

Together we can beat the Ducks by recycling the most! This year the Civil War is based on who can recycle the most per person, and the winner takes the glory and the trophy. Weeky results become available by each Friday.

RecycleMania Civil War scoreboard. OSU is in the lead, 0.99 to 0.71 pounds per person.

View RecycleMania results from previous years.

Contact Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
Email
(541) 737-5398

About RecycleMania

RecycleMania is an annual 8-week competition for U.S. college and university recycling programs to see who can recycle the most! OSU competes for the largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables and highest recycling rate (percent of the waste stream that is recycled). Campus Recycling weighs and measures all trash, recycling, and compost from on campus and reports it weekly during the competition. OSU has been competing since 2005. For more information on the national competition, visit the official RecycleMania website.

The results page will be updated weekly during the competition to show OSU's score against the University of Oregon. View the results from 2010-2017.

trophyAbout the RecycleMania Civil War

In 2010, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon created our own RecycleMania Civil War competition. The competition is to see which university can recycle the most, in pounds per person. A UO student created a trophy out of all reused materials, which is passed between our schools, depending on who wins each year.

OSU won for the first three years until UO beat us for the first time in 2013 and again in 2014. OSU won the trophy back in 2015 but UO reclaimed it in the 2016 competition and again in 2017.

To see the detailed results of this year's competition, check out the results page.

For More Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
(541) 737-5398

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RecycleMania Calendar

The 2018 competition spans eight weeks, February 4 - March 31. View the results here.

Events this year:

For More Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
Email
(541) 737-5398

Past Recyclemania Results

2017 Results

The winner of the 2017 RecycleMania Civil War competition was the University of Oregon. UO gained a strong lead over OSU throughout the course of the competition, while OSU managed to bridge the gap during the competition's final week. Ultimately, UO won the competition, and will keep the trophy for another year. OSU and UO are now collectively tied for wins: OSU won in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015; UO won in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.

The final RecycleMania Civil War score was 10.6 to 12.6, with UO taking the win.

In the 2017 competition, Beavers recycled 232,063 lbs and composted 61,440 lbs. As with previous years, total composting and per capita pounds of composting increased (from 60,076 lbs and 2.209 per person in 2016, to 61,075 lbs and 2.227 per person this year). However, per capita recycling diverted and recycling rate were slightly down. The amount of trash remained roughly the same.

2017 RecycleMania Civil War (cumulative)

 

2010-2016 Competition Results

Weights

  • In the 2010 competition, OSU recycled 374,864 lbs and composted 19,145 lbs!
  • In 2011, OSU recycled and composted 484,449 lbs! Additionally, OSU collected 5,109 lbs of e-waste and 55 cubic yards (9 standard dumpsters or 11,108 gallons) of Styrofoam during collection events.
  • During 2012, OSU recycled 477,101 lbs and composted 60,408 lbs! OSU collected 49,025 lbs. of electronic waste, ranking it 5th in the country. OSU also ranked #1 out of the 9 Oregon universities who competed in the Per Capita Classic (lbs. of recycling per person) and Gorilla Prize (total lbs. of recycling) categories.
  • In the 10 weeks of the 2013 competition, OSU recycled 353,613 lbs and composted 73,960 lbs!
  • In the 2014 competition, we collected 238,916 lbs of recycling and 44,333 lbs of compost.
  • During the 2015 competition, OSU recycled 265,070 lbs and composted 55,006 lbs.
  • 2016: OSU recycled 235,893 lbs and composted 60,076 lbs.

Civil War Results

OSU won for the first three years until UO beat us for the first time in 2013 and again in 2014. OSU won the trophy back in 2015 but UO reclaimed it in the 2016 competition.

Res. Hall Competition

Res. Hall Competition Winners by year:

  • 2011: McNary
  • 2012: Halsell
  • 2013: Weatherford
  • 2014: Halsell
  • 2015: Halsell
  • 2016: Weatherford
  • 2017: Halsell

2017 Results

The 2017 competition ran February 6-24. All halls won points in the Inter-Hall Challenge, with the greatest number being awarded to the halls in 1st through 5th place. Rankings are based on total pounds of commingled recycling per person in each hall, which was collected once per week over the three weeks. Commingled recycling includes halls' big orange carts (cardboard, glass and trash were not factored into the results).

Res hall competition final results graph with Weatherford coming in 1st place

Above are the 2017 rankings and below are the Inter-Hall Challenge point allocations. Congrats to all the halls for competing and for collectively contributing recycling weight to the RecycleMania Civil War!

  • 1st place: Halsell - 500 points
  • 2nd place: Bloss - 450 points
  • 3rd place: ILLC - 400 points
  • 4th place: Weatherford - 350 points
  • 5th place: Hawley & Buxton - 300 points
  • Places 6th - 14th: All remaining halls - 250 points each

Repair Fairs

Repair Fairs graphic

About OSU Repair Fairs

Repair Fairs are an event series sponsored by the student group Waste Watchers, a joint group of Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative.

In fall 2017, small "pop-up" fairs were hosted in weeks 6 and 10 in high traffic areas on campus. See winter offering below. Format and frequency in spring 2018 is to-be-determined.

Details for each fair vary, so stay tuned to this page for information about upcoming fairs.

Why Repair Fairs?

We believe in providing a space that allows us to exchange ideas rather than dollars, developing people into fixers rather than consumers, and reusing materials rather than wasting them. We offer Repair Fairs to realize this vision. We believe you will benefit by: 

  • Save Money: Score free repairs so you don’t have to buy more stuff.
  • Gain Skills: Connect with others to learn new skills or share your own.
  • Reduce Waste: Save your beloved belongings and conserve natural resources.

Winter Repair Fair

When: Thursday, February 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St.

Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demos to learn more skills! Free and open to all.

A clothing station at a past Repair Fair Repair Skills Offered:

  • Appliances & Electronics (small items only, please)
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing
  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Housewares (furniture, ceramics, lamps, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • Musical instruments (guitar strings and woodwinds only)
  • Wood Furniture

Note: We don’t have spare parts, but will do our best to repair what we can and/or refer you to where you could find the parts you need. If you have parts already, we may be able to help you install them.

Drop-In D.I.Y. Demonstrations

Demonstrations will be drop-in style - come by anytime in the listed timeframe for a hands-on demo.

5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • What’s Your Carbon Footprint? Do you want to know what area of your life you could improve to be more sustainable? Come by and calculate how much carbon you are producing so you know your target areas! (Leader: Keava Campbell, OSU Sustainability Office)
6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • D.I.Y. Body Scrub: Learn how to make your own sugar scrub while being eco-friendly AND saving some money! (Leader: Olivia Harband, OSU Waste Watcher)
  • D.I.Y. Succulent Plant Care: Come and pick up your free succulent and learn how to plant them in our provided recycled containers and how to take care of them! (Leader: Andrea Norris, OSU Campus Recycling)

Additional Details

Directions: We are located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis; see a map of the entrance and parking here; view our building on Google Maps here. Please enter through the warehouse gate on 13th Street, between A Ave. and the railroad tracks. City buses 36 and 8 stop within 2-4 blocks of our building while routes 15 and 7 stop 6 blocks away at 11th & Monroe (view full details on the Corvallis Transit System website or use Google Transit to find the best option for you).

Join this event on FacebookJoin this event on Facebook here to receive updates.

For questions, accommodation requests, or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

Res. Hall Move-Out Donation Drive

Overview

Each year, OSU Campus Recycling and Surplus Property, in collaboration with University Housing and Dining, coordinate an effort to reduce waste during residence hall move-out by educating residents and giving them the tools to recycle and donate as much as possible. Learn more about previous years' results here.

Results

Official results are in: OSU residents donated nearly 36,000 pounds during this year's Residence Hall Move-Out Donation Drive! Donations totaled to 35,676 pounds, completely smashing our original goal of 24,000 pounds! 

Infographic of donation drive results

We saw a 19 to 33 percent increase in household, clothes, shoes, linens, food, toiletry and school supply donations. The largest increase came from wood, which totaled 7,864 pounds – an over 600 percent increase from the previous year! The large increase in wood donations may be a product of more residents using loft kits and donating the wood instead of taking it home or throwing it away.   

Depiction of donations per pound over time

It is unclear as to why donations increased as much as they did. Given Campus Recycling does not have weight data for trash, we are unable to speculate if donations were higher because less was landfilled. Regardless, we are very happy to see such a large increase from last year. Our residents made a great showing this year and our team put in an amazing effort to get it hauled, sorted, and distributed to nonprofits.   

Special thanks to the 54 volunteers who donated approximately 250 hours of their time to help us pick-up and sort donations as well as our partners at UHDS and all the residents who donated items! 

Learn a bit about how the program is coordinated here.

2017 Benefitting Organizations

For More Information

Andrea Norris, 737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

Off Campus Move Out Donation Drive

In 2017, a two-day event was available for students living off campus to donate reusable goods. Learn more on this Facebook event or contact Jon Stoll of Corvallis Community Relations at 541-737-8606 or via email.

Res. Hall Donation Drive How-To's

How-To's

Instructions for move-out donation drive

Note: Donation bins are located on the ground floor of each residence hall; precise location varies by hall.

Food (Unopened, Non-Perishable)

Collect in grocery bag* and then place in donation bin. Must be bagged. Must be unopened & non-perishable.

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

Place in grocery bag* and place in donation bin. Must be bagged (to prevent leaks onto other donations). Soaps, lotions, unused deodorant, etc.

Clothing, Towels, Bedding

Collect in blue bag* and place in donation bin. Must be clean and dry & in good condition.

Household Items (decor, dishes, lamps, etc.)

Collect in blue bag* if it fits, otherwise place in donation bin. Items must be in good condition.

Broken Electronics and Media

Collect in provided blue bag* if it fits, otherwise place in or next to the donation bin. Electronics, CDs & ink cartridges will be recycled if they are not reusable.

Large Furniture & Scrap Wood

Place all scrap wood (i.e. loft bed kits), and furniture that doesn’t fit into donation bins, next to your outdoor trash dumpster, on the ground.

Bicycles

Place unwanted bicycles next to donation bins.

Recycling (Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass & Cardboard)

Place in recycling bins on ground floor. All cardboard needs to be taken outside. See what can be recycled.

Trash

Any items that can’t be donated or recycled should be taken to the outside dumpster.

*You will receive your move-out kit (donation bags and door hanger with instructions) on or around May 23rd. Donation bins will be placed in hall lobbies May 23-27.

Downloadable Resources

For More Information

Andrea Norris, 737-5398
Marketing & Development Coordinator, OSU Campus Recycling

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Res. Hall Move-Out History

Final 2016 Donation Drive thermometer which totals 22,967 pounds

Overview

Each year, OSU Campus Recycling and Surplus Property, in collaboration with University Housing and Dining, coordinate an effort to reduce waste during residence hall move-out by educating residents and giving them the tools to recycle and donate as much as possible.

Results

OSU has generally been increasing the weight of donations since 2010. 

2017 saw the highest level of donations on record since 2010 with almost 36,000-pounds (18 tons) donated! 

Most of the donation increase came from wood and housewares, although there was a general increase seen in all categories. 

 

Chart showing donations increasing over time

The donations help our local nonprofits and those in our community who are in need, plus it benefits the environment by promoting the reuse of materials!

Below you can compare how we've done in each category throughout the years:

Category 2012 Weight (lbs) 2013 Weight (lbs) 2014 Weight (lbs) 2015 Weight (lbs) 2016 Weight (lbs) 2017 Weight (lbs)
Wood 4,421 7,081 3,820 7,618 1,000 7,864
Clothing, Shoes, Linens 5,252 7,283 6,664 9,706 6,867 8,191
Food, Toiletries, School Supplies 2,517 2,693 1,897 3,358 3,103 4,119

Housewares

7,932 8,922 10,027 13,268 11,997 15,502
Total Donations 20,693 25,979 22,408 33,950 22,967 35,676

How We Do It

Each residence hall room receives a move-out kit, which included a door hanger with details on how to donate and recycle unwanted materials, along with bags in which to sort their material in their room. Grocery-style plastic bags are provided for food and toiletries, and 13-gallon blue bags are provided for clothing, bedding, and small housewares. Labeled donation bins are located in the lobby, along with all the recycle bins.

Residents are made aware of the upcoming donation drive starting about one month in advance. Info is provided via abundant signage inside the halls, large posters at each UHDS service center, notices in the Campus Living eNewsletter, a presentation to the Residence Hall Association General Assembly, posts on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Ecologue blog), and a web page made just for residents.

Donation bins     move-out sorting     food share pickup

Coffee Cup Coup Campaign

Coffee Cup Coup graphicThe Coffee Cup Coup was a campaign founded in the belief that together, we can overthrow the tyranny of the disposable cup.

Why, you say? Because...

  • 3,000 coffee cups are thrown away every day at OSU.
  • They are never recyclable.
  • Reusable mugs save you money...and save the world.

Join the movement.

How to Join

  • Refuse disposable cups and always carry a reusable mug with you.
  • Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #CoffeeCupCoup, and by liking, commenting on, and sharing posts from others!
  • Volunteer for the campaign by attending weekly Waste Watcher meetings or contacting Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

Coffee Cup Coup Events

  • Waste Watchers Weekly Meetings: Mondays, Jan 5 - Mar 9, 2015, 5:30-6 pm, 104 Gilkey Hall (drop by if you'd like to help plan Coup events and marketing)
  • Get Mugged: #CoffeeCupCoup Mug Giveaway: Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at surprise times and locations
  • Got a Mug? Get FREE Coffee!: Wednesday and Thursday, June 3 and 4, 2015, from 2-4 pm, JavaStop in the M.U. Join on Facebook

The amount of coffee cups found in one dumpsterDumpster Audit Findings

The Waste Watchers audited a campus dumpster to sort out disposable coffee cups and found:

  • Just one 6-yd dumpster had 563 disposable coffee cups.
  • Disposable coffee cups alone constituted 9% of the weight and 10% of the volume of the dumpster.

It's clear that reducing single-use coffee cups will have a significant impact on campus-wide trash. Please join the movement and invite your friends and colleagues to as well.

For More Information

The Coup was a campaign of the Waste Watchers, a student club coordinated by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Please direct questions to Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.