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You are a key part of TCU improving its recycling diversion rate (keeping recyclables out of the landfill). We know you care about this too and here’s what you can do. If you haven’t already, please look at recycling at TCU as it provides good background information.
Each building has designated recycling bins. Please place your recyclable material (clean paper, metal cans, glass and plastic) into those containers for collection. If you have a small recycling container for your desk area, it is pretty easy to walk it to the closest blue-bag lined recycling bin in your building.
If you have enough daily volume to justify a dedicated container in your office area that supports multiple faculty and staff, please contact your Building Manager/Deputy (dean’s or business office) to order a 30-gallon container for your vicinity. Copy rooms are good examples of this placement, and can accept mixed recycling, not just paper.
It is important that the recycling containers have the semi-transparent blue bags so that housekeeping knows to take these bags to the recycling dumpsters. Please be sure any recycling containers, including shredders, have the see-through blue bags.
Here is downloadable signage that can help communicate what goes where.
If you have questions or need help navigating this, email Wendy Macias.
Many suppliers have a take-back program.
When you open the box for the new cartridge, look for a pre-paid mailing label. Place the used cartridge in the box, seal it, stick on the prepaid label, and send it back to the manufacturer.
CopyNet offers a take-back program for the equipment they service.
If your machine has a CopyNet sticker like this, contact them to see if they offer a take-back program for your specific equipment.
TCU recycles ink cartridges not included in either of these take-back programs. Note that only certain types of cartridges can be recycled.
How to package ink and toner cartridges:
When you unbox a new ink cartridge, keep the plastic bag and box. Place your used cartridge in the plastic bag and place that back in the box. Write “Used-Recycle Toner” on the outside of the box and submit an email to Safety@tcu.edu with the location for pickup.
Batteries should not be discarded in the regular trash because they contain corrosive materials and heavy metals that can contaminate the environment. Please put them in the campus’s new battery collection containers. By doing so, TCU staff and faculty are diverting these hazardous substances from landfills.
Why recycle batteries?
1. Most batteries contain toxic heavy metals that can harm the environment.
2. Most batteries contain reusable materials.
3. Used batteries can be used to produce energy.
4. Recycling batteries reduces landfill waste.
Which batteries can I recycle?
1. All battery types and sizes can be accepted.
2. Most common types are: Alkaline, Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Lithium metal (Li).
3. Most common sizes are: AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, button, cell phone, and laptop batteries.
We also accept lead-acid batteries typically found in cars or UPS’s. However, these batteries do require a special request.
Where can I find battery recycling bins?
We have made it easy for all faculty, staff, and resident students to participate. There are multiple locations where used batteries can be recycled throughout the campus and residence halls.
Click here to find the nearest location to you. Please keep in mind that the battery recycling is meant to service campus activities only. Batteries frequently used in offices, labs, and residence halls are welcome. If you wish to further your environmental impact at home, many cities and retailers employ specialty recycling programs that will take used batteries.
What Steps do I need to take to recycle my batteries?
1. Tape the terminals or ends of the batteries. This reduces the risk of fire by preventing batteries from coming into contact with other batteries or any metal. (Tape is included with the collection container.) Please tape in such a way that the type of battery is still visible. Another option is to place similar batteries either individually or side by side in clear plastic bags so that the ends do not touch.
2. Place taped batteries in the designated container and close the lid. The battery recycling containers are emptied quarterly. If you have lead-acid batteries (like car batteries), or other larger batteries that do not fit in the container, contact the Office of Risk Management, Environmental Management and Safety, to request a pick-up.