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Resource Conservation Program

Resource Conservation keeps WKU green and clean! As a part of the Department of Facilities Management, Resource Conservation manages recycling, composting, and other waste reduction endevors as a part of the Campus Services team. The goal of Resource Conservation is to minimize waste, promote responsible disposal, and invest in student groups. WKU has been a regional sustainability leader for the past decade: we are proud of our contribution to these initiatives.

Go Green. Go TOPS!


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.


Diddle Recycling 2019 Results


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.


Cupanion ProgramFill it Forward


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. 


Hilltopper Hall Waste Characterization Study                    Hilltopper Hall Recycling Results

Thank you to Hilltopper Hub's staff for composting all pre-consumer food waste and recycling! 






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 Last Modified 7/14/21