WKU Resource Conservation
Resource Conservation Program
The Diddle/Smith Recycling Program celebrates it's 3rd season!
The Diddle/Smith Recycling Program made a BIG impact in the 2019/2020 season! Over the course of the year, 1,120 volutunteers were engaged in the program! These volunteers collected 3,291.4 pounds of recycling, 1,825.45 pounds of trash and 5,016.45 pounds of liquids. Through recycling and pouring out liquids, our volunteers saved the university nearly $500 dollars in landfill disposal fees in addition to the $29,000 saved in labor expenses. WKU also donated $28,028 to student and community organizations who participated in the program. Check out the full impact of the program below! To register your organization to volunteer this season, fill out the 2020 sign up form.
Cupanion - Fill it Forward!
Western Kentucky University is ready to Fill it Forward in 2019! WKU is the newest campus to join Cupanion's FIll it Forward Program. Fill it Forward is a reusable bottle program that tracks your impact every time you refill. All you have to do is download the Fill it Forward app, stick the Fill it Forward sticker on the reusable bottle of your choice and scan your sticker every time you refill. Cupanion tracks your water consumption, earns rewards for you and donates money to water projects across the world. It's just another way to reduce your use by choosing to reuse! Check out this article published in the WKU Herald and this story featured on WNKY for more information about the program.
Weigh the Waste!
On April 30th, WKU Resource Conservation "Weighed the Waste" for a greener world. We dumped both the trash compactor and recycling dumpster on to the DSU Courtyard to see how WKU is doing diverting waste. Jill Brown's GEOG 280 class sorted the waste into like materials, weighed the waste and recorded data as a part of the lab portion of their class. Overall, they sorted through 354.3 pounds of landfill waste and 130.5 pounds of recycling. This data showed that WKU still has a long way to go in helping students reduce, reuse and recycle.
Thank you to Hilltopper Hub's staff for composting all pre-consumer food waste and recycling!
Shop Surplus First!
WKU Surplus is a great place to "shop" for any items your department might need! All items in Surplus are available to WKU Faculty & Staff for reuse on campus -- for FREE! Visit us any Wednesday from 9am - 3pm or Friday from 9am - 1pm. We are located on the 2nd floor of the Service & Supply Building.
Currently, we have desk organizers, office supplies, coat racks, filing cabinets, rectangular tables, chairs, monitors, and more! For pictures of the items in surplus check out our Facebook Page. We hope to see you soon!
Check out the 2018 Fiscal Year Review for information on the accomplishments of the surplus, recycling and composting programs! FY18 Year in Review