Campus Recycling offers the following services; click each to learn more.
Additional details about services can also be found on our FAQ page.
Thank you to our customers who completed a departmental staff satisfaction survey in February and March of 2015. We appreciate your feedback and are taking it into account to set goals for the future. See a summary of the survey results and the changes we plan to make.
Our next staff survey will be in 2017.
Use our Service Request Form for:
Use our Event Recycling Form for requesting recycling/compost bins for an event.
Use our Department Compost Request form to set-up compost collection in your building.
OSU is a strong supporter of recycling on campus, and we encourage you as a planner to consider implementing recycling and/or composting at your event.
Already, the average person generates a little over 4 lbs of waste each day on their own. At most special events, the average person will also generate on average another half to just a little over 1 lb of extra waste. Of this total waste generated, the EPA estimates that about 75% of that waste is actually recyclable!
We offer recycling and composting for your event to save that 75% of waste from going to landfills.
Campus Recycling offers recycling for most cans/bottles, paper, cardboard, glass, compost, as well as bins for landfill trash. See the picture below for an example of what a typical waste station set-up would look like at an event:
Note: we do not provide waste station monitors.
Don't know what type of bins you'll need? See the flow chart below to get an idea of what kinds of waste materials will be generated at your event.
Use our OSU Recycle Guide for more details on what can and cannot be recycled using our services. Our request form also is designed to help you understand what types of waste your event will generate.
If you are interested in providing compost services at your event, visit OSU's compost policy webpage for a complete list of acceptable organic materials, which includes:
The compost policy also provides a list of non-accepted materials.
Any events involving both acceptable and non-acceptable packaging for composting must provide recycling station monitors as stated in the compost policy. Monitors are responsible for instructing consumers on which materials are acceptable for composting, recycling, and trash/landfill.
If you are unable to train your waste station monitors on your own, see the guide below to help train your staff/volunteers to separate out waste into the appropriate waste streams:
For more guidance on how to train your staff/employees, contact our Recycling Manager at email or 7-2856
All our event recycling/composting services are coordinated with information you provide through our online request form. Click the link below to access the request form:
Prep for the request form
Below are the general sections of the form to use as guidelines so you can be better prepared before completing the form:
General contact info (i.e. host organization and funding)
General event info (e.g. date, time, location, projected attendance, etc.)
Starting April 1st, 2017, all OSU entities will be charged to use our recycling/composting services for their events. Fee information is provided below:
$20 fee per truckload delivery of bins plus $5 per waste container (recycling, compost, and/or trash)
$20 per hour if there is contamination to be removed from waste containers
Please submit this form at least 2 weeks in advance of your event. You will need about 10 minutes to fill it out.
Use our Green Event Guide for more tips and tools to make your event more sustainable. For more guidance, feel free to contact Campus Recycling's Marketing Development Coordinator at 7-5398.
Contact our Recycling Manager John Deuel via email or at 7-2856
OSU is a strong supporter of recycling in campus buildings and for special events. Campus Recycling encourages you as a planner for your event, to consider implementing recycling and/or composting at your event. The following questions are designed to help us help you provide recycling at your event. For more guidance on providing recycling at your event, please visit our Special Events Recycling page.
Before completing this form: if you are interested in providing compost services at your event, please look over OSU's compost policy and/or visit our Special Events Recycling page to determine if compost services are available for your event.
OSU composts food waste in a variety of ways on campus, including in dining centers and cafes, special events, some res. halls, office break rooms, and more. OSU also composts large quantities of landscape debris, animal bedding and scrap wood.
Click the following links to learn more about each.
For questions, please contact us.
To be in effect January 1, 2017
For approximately the past two years, OSU has developed a composting collection program that includes the material referred to as “PLA” which stands for poly lactic acid based plastics. Many of OSU’s student, faculty and staff have come to consider food utensils and cups that are produced using this technology as acceptable in the composting stream and have sorted these as compost at special events, and certain facilities on campus where separate compost collection has been established.
In a letter sent from OSU’s current compost hauler and processor, Republic Services in July 2016, the acceptance of non-fiber based materials, including PLA produced products, will no longer be accepted as part of their collection policy. These changes will be enforced through potential penalties to OSU and those it services for compost collection, including being charged disposal fees for loads of compost materials that don’t meet Republic’s new standards. These new acceptance standards will go into effect on January 1, 2017.
To comply with this policy, effective January 1, 2017, OSU Campus Recycling will no longer accept non-fiber based materials, including products containing PLA, in the current compost program. It is recognized that this policy has a significant impact on current operations where the sale of food is involved, particularly dining halls, contracted food vendors, and catered events, both by OSU Catering and outside vendors. Campus Recycling will work closely with all food managers and their staff to help transition toward eliminating, and at least significantly reducing the disposal of these materials in compost collection containers. As this may affect our various operations differently, and having gained helpful feedback about how to move forward with our compost policy and procedures, we have developed the below profiles.
All Campus Dining Halls will move to “back of house” only separation of food leftovers from consumer sales. All staff will be trained to separate out any plastic or non-fiber based cutlery or plastic cups. Pre-sorting by consumers at the point of disposal is not encouraged unless there are monitors guiding consumers at compost disposal locations.
All event planners are encouraged to use low packaging or ”zero” waste guidelines to plan menus for outdoor and indoor events. Events that involve distribution of compostable packaging that fulfill the new Republic policy requirements as “Fiber Based”* ONLY, will be provided compost collection bins and carts by Campus Recycling. Any events involving both acceptable and non-acceptable packaging (see below) for composting must provide recycling station monitors. Monitors are responsible for instructing consumers on which materials are acceptable for composting, recycling and trash/landfill.
OSU Contract Managers are encouraged to review the current contract requirements for all vendors that are selling or distributing food on the OSU Campus. As soon as possible, contracts should stipulate the requirements of this policy as part of the vendor’s terms for successfully fulfilling the contract. Current vendors that have adopted the use of all acceptable fiber based packaging materials will be encouraged to participate in OSU’s composting collection program. Vendors that are not complying with this policy will not have compost collected after January 1, 2017.
Areas of Campus such as Valley Library and North Porch Café that host and manage compost collection in public spaces will no longer accept serving ware of any type in their compost. Building occupants and visitors should be directed to place these items in the trash bins. All signage and bins should be modified to reflect this change no later than January 1, 2017. Building representatives that manage these collections will be required to receive training from Campus Recycling in order to continue providing for public area compost collection. Contact us to learn about training opportunities.
Other Managers or designated staff of event venues such as the Memorial Union, LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center that provide ongoing public area compost collection will also be required to modify their collection and receive training.
*Compostable Service Ware: Fiber Based Compostable service ware (including cups, plates, knives, forks, spoons, etc) are approved for commercial customers only. Fiber Based Compostable service ware needs to be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). A list of BPI certified products and distributors can be found at www.bpiworld.org. Commercial customers will submit a list of products in use to their account manager one month prior to submitting materials for processing. Customers will be notified if products in their waste stream are incompatible with the PRC normal operational procedures and will be asked to exclude those products within 30 days of notification.
A list of pre-approved service ware is available here and is currently under development (more will be added).
Contact John Deuel via email or 541-737-2856.
Campus Recycling works with departments and buildings on the Corvallis campus to compost organic waste. Below is a list of your options; please review them and then contact us to make arrangements for what will work best for you and your department.
Collect your organic waste in your break room and dump it into an outdoor compost cart that we service. This option is great for those who are in larger departments and are willing to engage their department/building occupants to participate.
Your department may choose between a 2-gallon pail with a flip-top lid, and a 6-gallon bucket with a screw-on lid. We will provide you with a 6-gallon bucket for outdoor use; if this capacity is insufficient, contact us and we will switch it out with a 90-gallon roll-cart.
What is accepted: All food waste (including animal products), fibers (napkins, coffee filters, paper towels, pizza boxes, etc), and (labeled as such)compostable serving ware
Use red wigglers to break down your waste. This option is great for those who would like to manage their own composting and want the finished compost.
You provide: A designated person to maintain the bin (bury food, add bedding, harvest)
What is accepted: Non-animal food waste (no meat/dairy/eggs), paper napkins, paper towels, cardboard
Your question may already be answered on our FAQ page.
Fill out our department compost request form.
Kyle Reed, Student Outreach Assistant
We believe that by removing your food waste from open trash cans and instead containing it in a lidded bin, you are less likely to encourage smells and attract pests. Secondly, if you are using a worm bin, you control how often your compost is emptied, whereas you typically cannot control how often your trash is removed.
If you are on our collection route, we provide a large cart just outside your building (much like your yard debris cart at home), along with small bins to use inside your department. That way, your indoor bin could be taken out by you however often you would like (and we would service the outdoor cart once a week).
Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earthy-smelling soil conditioner. We will provide the bin for you, which will be filled with bedding and some worms. Then you put your food scraps inside the bedding and the worms will process it. The advantage of worm composting is that you can keep the worm castings, which is one of the best and cheapest soil amendments for your garden. Also, if taken care of properly, worm bins won’t smell or attract pests. We will provide a list with tips and tricks to maintain a healthy worm bin.
Composting is a topic of growing interest throughout the country for several reasons. The landfills around the country are starting to fill up and become more and more expensive. Composting is a cheap alternative for you and healthy for the environment. Compost your office’s food scraps instead of sending them to the landfill. You'll help to make OSU a better place to live.
Confidential materials are records that contain confidential information elements such as social security numbers, home addresses, and other personal privacy information.
If university records contain confidential information, their removal from the office and their destruction must receive special care. OAR 166-30-060(2) stipulates that "Records which are confidential by law . . . must be destroyed by shredding, pulping, or incineration."
In order to make the destruction of confidential records both convenient and reliable, the Oregon State University Campus Recycling Program provides services for departments needing to destroy paper records or microforms, which contain information that may be confidential.
Current fee: $0.30 per pound
You can collect your confidential materials in one of two ways: pack it into boxes or request a cart to remain in your office.
Pack into a photocopy paper box, a box with a lid the size of a photocopy paper box or a records storage/pulping box, which can be purchased from office supply companies or bought used from Campus Recycling for $0.50 each. Because the boxes will be reused, please apply no or little tape to them. Please do not overfill the boxes or use oversized boxes.
Each box should be labeled with the following information:
Request boxes or a pickup using our Online Service Request Form.
For offices that continuously generate confidential material, Campus Recycling also has locking 30 gallon roll carts available to place in department offices. These are not serviced on a regular schedule like your other recycling; rather they are serviced when you notify us they are full. Use our Online Service Request Form to request a bin or pickup.
If you have questions about the OSU confidential records destruction program, please contact us.
While we focus on waste reduction, particularly reuse and recycling, there will always be some items that must be send to the landfill as trash.
Exterior dumpsters are serviced by Campus Recycling on a weekly basis. Pick-up times vary; view the schedule to see when your building is serviced. Note that we do not service trash containers inside of buildings, which are handled by Facilities Services.
Service fees may apply.
Along with recyclable items, there are other materials that can not be placed in the trash. This includes:
Any property owned by the university; departments must go through Surplus Property to dispose any OSU owned property and equipment.
Material that is considered hazardous by Coffun Butte Landfil or Environmental Health and Safety. Contact EHS for proper disposal. Examples include:
Questions about odd or unusual items? Please contact us.
ALL IN THE HALL is a program started by Campus Recycling to increase the recycling rate at OSU. A pilot program took place in spring term 2014 in Cordley, Gilbert, Gilfillan Auditorium and Weniger (results are shown below). The program has since been expanded to also include Austin, Covell, Wiegand, Withycombe, Cascade, Strand, Milam Auditorium, and the LInC.
The goal of ALL IN THE HALL is to increase recycling by providing equal opportunity to recycle or landfill waste. To achieve this, recycling must always be paired with trash, and because placing a recycling bin in every classroom isn't feasible, trash cans are removed from classrooms and replaced with convenient, centralized waste receptacles that are then all in the hall.
This program is coordinated by Campus Recycling in partnership with Facilities Services and GCA Services, with additional support from our Fire Marshall and Capital Planning and Development.
Campus Recycling audited waste from the hallway units in Cordley, Gilbert, Gilfillan Auditorium and Weniger throughout the course of the spring term in order to assess the effectiveness of the model. An average recycling rate of 29.4% was found across the four buildings, with a slight increase shown once additional signage was added (see graph on right).
Read the full report for more information and results.
Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator