The University of Tampa regularly recycles – directly or through vendors – the following items: batteries (consumer and golf cart), steel, copper, old appliances, old window air conditioning units, old wiring and cabling, computers, computer monitors and cell phones. Carpet waste is returned to the mills for recycling. Photocopier and printer toner cartridges are also sent back to manufacturers or vendors for recycling. Of course, hazardous waste is disposed of according to accepted environmental protection standards.
(May 2014 Update)
Single stream recycling centers have been established on campus. There is one located on the west side of the Austin parking area. A second center was established to serve the activities and residents of the north campus in the Morsani parking lot and a third in the McKay Hall parking lot. All members of the campus community are encouraged to bring aluminum, recyclable plastics, newsprint and other paper to these containers.
Use of recycled paper products on campus is an area where significant impact can and is being achieved. The University’s official stationary is printed on a recycled stock. The campus photocopier paper and computer printer is made from 35% recycled content paper. Many other campus publications, such as the college recruiting materials and the alumni magazine, are printed on recycled paper. Some publications, like the faculty/staff newsletter and dining surveys, are now electronic and are published online only. (July 2011 Update)
A paper collection, shredding and recycling program collects on a bi-weekly basis printer, copier and other paper products from about 30 bins scattered around campus. Cardboard is collected from administrative functions, dining venues and the campus store and placed in a compactor for collection and processing. (April 2009 Update)
On Earth Day last year a paper collection, shredding and recycling program
was established, and today it is a part of the campus culture. There are now 25 locations on campus with a total of 30 containers for the collection of printer, copier and other paper products. Collection occurs on a bi-weekly basis.
A cardboard collection program has been established to collect and compact boxes from administrative functions for collection and processing. The removal of cardboard from the trash stream is a significant goal of the regional trash management entity.
Finally, The University of Tampa 2009-2010 Catalog is now an electronic, Web-based publication.(September 2009 Update)
A second, single stream recycling container has been placed at the north end of campus to serve the residents of Straz Hall, Frank and Morsani Hall (formerly Stadium Center) and those who utilize the Cass Building, Jaeb Computer Center and other facilities in the area. This complements the container located in the south campus.
Thanks to the Class of '09, 15 bottle and can collection containers have been distributed around campus to help keep recyclable aluminum cans and plastic drink bottles out of the trash.
To efficiently use our resources, condensate water generated by the new air conditioning system for the Martinez Sports Center will be captured and used for landscape irrigation.