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.  
  • Departments can borrow the Campus Sustainability Green Party Kit, a set of durable dishes and silverware for events. Request the kit here

  • Food scrap collection for compost taking place around campus:

    • Preconsumer waste in all dining locations, and postconsumer in several locations
    • Department break-rooms 
    • Student rooms in residence halls 
  • Water Bottle Refilling Stations around campus reduce waste from disposable plastic bottles.

  • 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, art, 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 the Community Recreation Field is made from recycled tires.