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Waste Reduction & Recycling

In 2013, Portland State students generated an average of 15.6 lbs of waste and 7.8 lbs of recycling per month while on campus.

Visit the PSU Recycles section for more information on waste reduction.

What PSU is doing:

  • All waste cooking oil is locally recycled into bio-diesel.  
  • Reusable to-go containers offered in Viking Food Court and Victor's dining hall. 

  • Food waste collected for composting in all dining locations.

  • Food waste in department break-rooms collected for composting.

  • Water Bottle Refilling Stations around campus reduce waste from disposable plastic bottles.

  • The Sustainable Drinking Water Task Force recommendations are currently being implemented by the Campus Sustainability Office. 

  • Styrofoam, miscellaneous plastics, plastic bags/film, batteries, and electronics are all collected for special recycling.

  • Electronic waste is recycled by a local company that ensures the waste is not landfilled and employs people with disabilities.

  • The PSU Reuse Room redistributes donated office and school supplies to the campus community.

  • The Surplus Property Program redistributes reusable office and classroom furniture to PSU departments.

  • Chuck-it-for-Charity move out program collects reusable items from students and donates them to charity.

  • Tray-less dining in Victors Dining Hall reduces food waste by 25-30% per person.

  • Course catalog, schedule, and directory are no longer printed, and free PDFs are available online

  • Infill of Peter Stott Athletic Field is made from over 150,000 recycled athletic shoes.